Cathy Bissoon

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Cathy Bissoon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Station:   Pittsburgh, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   82-3
Active:   10/17/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Hardiman
Past post:   Western District of Pennsylvania, Magistrate
Past term:   2008 - 2011
Personal History
Born:   1968
Hometown:   Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate:   Alfred U., B.A., 1990
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1993

Cathy Bissoon is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Division). She joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. Prior to her nomination she served as a federal magistrate judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania from August 1, 2008, until her elevation.[1][2]

Early life and education

Judge Bissoon was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from Alfred University in 1990 and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1993.[1][2]

Professional career

Judge Bissoon began her career as an associate at Reed Smith's Pittsburgh law office. The following year, she clerked for Judge Gary Lancaster of the Western District of Pennsylvania. She returned to Reed Smith in 1995, where she became a partner. She also worked as the head of the firm's Employment Group and its Director of Diversity. In 2007, she joined the firm of Cohen & Grigsby, where she worked as a director and head of the Labor & Employment Group until her judicial appointment in 2008.[1][2]

Judicial career

Western District of Pennsylvania

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Cathy Bissoon
 Court:Western District of Pennsylvania
 Progress:Confirmed 334 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:November 17, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:June 22, 2011
ApprovedAQFRs:QFRs
ApprovedAReported:July 21, 2011 
ApprovedAConfirmed:October 17, 2011
 Vote: 82-3

On November 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Bissoon to the seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania vacated by Thomas Hardiman.[3] She was recommended to the President by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) who called her "an American success story."[4] President Obama had this to say about the nominations made on November 17, 2010: "I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench. I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice."[5]

Bissoon received a unanimous rating of "Qualified" from the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 22, 2011, and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.[6]

Bissoon's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Bissoon was confirmed by a United States Senate vote of 82-3 on October 17, 2011.[7][2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Hardiman
Western District of Pennsylvania
2011–Present
Succeeded by:
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