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Julie Robinson

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Julie Robinson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/31/2001 - Present
Preceded by:   George VanBebber
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Omaha, NB
Undergraduate:   University of Kansas, B.S., 1978
Law School:   University of Kansas Law, J.D., 1981
Julie Robinson is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. She joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, she served as a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of Tenth Circuit.[1]

Early life and education

Robinson graduated from Kansas with her bachelor's degree in 1978 and later graduated from Kansas Law with her J.D. Degree in 1981.[1]

Professional career

Robinson began her legal career as a law clerk for a private practice firm in Kansas in 1981 and for Federal bankruptcy judge Benjamin E. Franklin in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court from 1981 to 1983 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas from 1983 to 1992 before becoming Senior litigation counsel representing the District of Kansas in civil litigation from 1992 to 1994. Robinson also served as a Judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Tenth Circuit from 1996 to 2001 and also served as a Adjunct faculty member at Kansas School of Law from 1989 to 1990.[1]

Judicial career

District of Kansas

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, Robinson was nominated by George W. Bush on September 10, 2001 to a seat vacated by G. Thomas Van Bebber. Robinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 11, 2001 and received commission on December 13, 2001.[1]

Notable cases

Government grant scam (2009-2011)

     United States District Court for the District of Kansas (FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION v. AFFILIATE STRATEGIES, INC., et al., No. 5:09-CV-04104-JAR-KGS)

Judge Robinson on July 22, 2009 ordered the assets of five Kansas companies, known as Affiliate Strategies, Inc., frozen over their involvement in a government grant scam. The judge ordered the asset freeze after the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit to stop the companies from allegedly deceiving customers into paying for help to obtain non-existent government grants. Prospective customers were sent postcards to buy a grant kit which costs $69 and were called by a telemarketer to purchase additional grant research. In 2011, Affiliate Strategies, Inc. was found guilty of consumer fraud and ordered to repay four states and the Federal Trade Commission.[2] In 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed the Judge Robinson's ruling.[3]

David Wittig case (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Kansas (USA v. Weidner, et al - David C. Wittig, 03-40142-01-JAR)

Judge Robinson was the presiding judge of the case of David Wittig, the former CEO of Westar Energy.[4] Wittig was found guilty of bank fraud in 2003 when the former CEO extended a $1.5 million loan to Topeka banker Clinton Odell Weidner for a property deal in Arizona.[4] Judge Robinson ruled on that Wittig can be released from prison on September 4, 2009, despite a resolution from federal prosecutors to keep Wittig in jail over a unrelated case awaiting trial.[4]

Judicial philosophy

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
George VanBebber
District of Kansas
Seat #3
Succeeded by: