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Who is Judge Amy St. Eve?

Judge Amy St. Eve is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from Illinois.

Age: 53 (approximate)

Current Position: U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago, IL)

Education:

  • B.A., Cornell University (1987), with honors
  • J.D., Cornell University School of Law (1990), magna cum laude (first in graduating class); Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Cornell University Law Review

Experience:

  • 1990-1994: Associate, Davis Polk & Wardell LLP (New York, NY)
  • 1994-1996: Associate Independent Counsel, Office of the Independent Counsel (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1996-2001: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago, IL)
  • 2001-2002, Senior Counsel, Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
  • 2002-Present: U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago, IL)

Notable Matters:

  • In 2002, President George W. Bush nominated Judge St. Eve to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was confirmed on August 1, 2002 by a voice vote.
  • During her tenure as a U.S. District Judge in Chicago, Judge St. Eve has presided over a number of high profile trials, including the fraud trials of media mogul Lord Conrad Black and Illinois fundraiser Tony Rezko.
  • As an Associate Independent Counsel working on the Whitewater Investigation, Judge St. Eve prosecuted former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal, obtaining convictions in their fraud trials.
  • Judge St. Eve is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School where she teaches trial advocacy.

Professional Affiliations: Judge St. Eve is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago branch of the Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association in Chicago.

Biographical Notes: Judge St. Eve is originally from Belleville, Illinois. She is married and has three children.

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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