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Joan Lenard
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Station:   Miami, FL
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   12/26/1995 - Present
Preceded by:   James King
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Amityville, NY
Undergraduate:   Roger Williams University, B.A., 1973
Law School:   Antioch Law (U. of the District of Columbia), J.D., 1976



Joan A. Lenard is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to appointment, Lenard was a Circuit Court Judge in the Family Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Amityville, New York, Lenard graduated from Rockland Community College with her Associate's degree in 1972 and obtained her bachelor's degree from Roger Williams College in 1973. Lenard later graduated from Antioch School of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Lenard served as the Assistant State Attorney in the State Attorney's Office of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Dade County from 1976-1982. Lenard then became Chief Assistant State's Attorney of the Consumer Fraud Division from 1978 to 1980. In 1980, Lenard was Chief Prosecutor for the Consumer and Economic Crime Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida until 1982. In 1982, Lenard was Associate Judge of the Dade County Court until 1993 when she was appointed Circuit Court Judge in the Family Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Lenard was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida by President Bill Clinton on September 29, 1995 to a seat vacated by James King as King went on senior status. Lenard was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 1995 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 26, 1995.[2]

Notable cases

Sears Tower Attack (2009)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
     *USA v. Batiste, et al 06-20373-CR-Lenard
Judge Lenard was the presiding judge in the case of six Miami area men who were accused of trying to destroy the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago.[3][4][5] On November 20, 2009, Judge Lenard sentenced the ringleader of the terror plot, Narseal Batiste to thirteen and a half years in federal prison. Batistie's co-conspirators received sentences between five and eight years.[6]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James King
Southern District of Florida
1995–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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