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Maxine Chesney

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Maxine Chesney
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   5/10/1995 - 6/30/2009
Senior:   6/30/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   John Vukasin
Succeeded by:   Richard Seeborg
Personal History
Born:   1942
Hometown:   San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate:   University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1964
Law School:   University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1967

Maxine Chesney is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She assumed senior status on June 30, 2009.[1] On August 7, 2009, President Obama nominated Dolly Gee to fill the seat she vacated.

Early life and education

Born in San Francisco, California, Chesney graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with her bachelor's degree in 1964 and her J.D. in 1967.[1]

Professional career

Chesney started her legal career as an Attorney for the San Francisco County, California District Attorney's Office from 1968 to 1979. Chesney was a Trial Attorney from 1968 to 1969, before serving as a Senior Trial Attorney from 1969 to 1971. Chesney was a Principal Trial Attorney from 1971 to 1976 and the lead of the division of Trial Attorney's in 1976. Chesney was Assistant Chief Deputy prosecutor from 1976 to 1979. In 1979, Chesney was a Municipal Judge in the San Francisco County, California Municipal Court from 1979 to 1983. Chesney was appointed to serve as Superior Court Judge for the Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California from 1983 to 1995.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstien, Chesney was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by President Bill Clinton on January 24, 1995 to a seat vacated by John Vukasin. Chensey was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 1995 on a majority voice vote and received commission on May 10, 1995.[1]

Notable cases

San Mateo Sheriff's Deputy sex harassment case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of California ([A link to the case Stacey Moody, v. County of San Mateo, et al.], C-08-1864-MMC)

On January 14, 2010, Judge Chesney dismissed a lawsuit filed by a female sheriff's deputy of San Mateao County over claims she was sexually harassed on the job.[2] The judge found there was not enough evidence to substantiate the deputy's claim and that if it went to a trial that a jury would potentially not rule in her favor.[2] The case was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.[3]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Vukasin
Northern District of California
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Richard Seeborg

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