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Leslie Kobayashi

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Leslie Kobayashi
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   12/22/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Helen Gillmor
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Mount Holly, New Jersey
Undergraduate:   Wellesley College, B.A., 1979
Law School:   Boston College School of Law, J.D., 1983

Leslie Emi Kobayashi (b. 1957) is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. She was nominated to the court by Barack Obama on April 21, 2010 and confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 2010.

Early life and education

Judge Kobayashi received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in 1979 and her law degree from the Boston College Law School in 1983.[1][2]

Professional career

  • 2000-2001: Adjunct Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 1984-1999: Private Practice, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Managing Partner, Fujiyama, Duffy & Fujiyama
  • 1983-1984: Deputy Prosecutor, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii[1][3][1]

Judicial career

District of Hawaii

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Leslie Kobayashi
 Court:District of Hawaii
 Progress:Confirmed 241 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:April 21, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:July 15, 2010
ApprovedAReported:August 5, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:December 18, 2010
 Vote: Voice vote

On April 21, 2010 Kobayashi was nominated to a seat as a federal judge on the District of Hawaii by President Obama. She was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Helen Gillmor.[4][5][6] Kobayashi was confirmed to the court by the Senate on December 18, 2010.[3]

Kobayashi was rated Well Qualified by a substantial majority and Qualified by a minority of the American Bar Association.[7]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Kobayashi's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Kobayashi's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on July 14, 2010.[8]

Kobayashi's nomination was reported by committee on August 5, 2010 and she was confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 2010. She then received commission on December 22, 2010.[9]

District of Hawaii magistrate judge

Leslie Kobyashi was a federal magistrate judge for the District of Hawaii from 1999 to 2010.[3]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Helen Gillmor
District of Hawaii
Seat #4
Succeeded by: