President Obama has nominated San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia A. Bashant '86 to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Bashant was among eight potential district judges nominated by the president on Thursday.
Bashant has served on the San Diego Superior Court since 2000, handling both criminal and juvenile matters. From 2009 to last year, she was the presiding judge for the juvenile dependency and delinquency courts.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Bashant served as an assistant United States attorney in the district, a post she held for 11 years. She practiced civil litigation as an associate with Baker & McKenzie in San Diego from 1988 to 1989 and with Macdonald Halsted & Laybourne in San Diego from 1986 to 1988.
The nominee is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law and of Smith College.
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