Joan Humphrey Lefkow

Personal

Birthday: 
1944
Birthplace: 
Rural Nemaha County, KS
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Prior Employment: 

Law clerk, Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1971-1972
Staff attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, Inc., 1972-1975
Administrative law judge, Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission, 1975-1979
Instructor, University of Miami Law School, 1980-1981
Executive director, Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., 1981-1982

Education

Name of School: 
Wheaton College, Illinois
Degree: 
A.B.
Degree Year: 
1965
Name of School - Second: 

Northwestern University School of Law

At Northwestern Law we go beyond teaching the basics of legal reasoning to enable our students to make sound and ethical judgements, understand and improve the delivery of justice, and respond to the changing contexts in which law and legal institutions operate. Accordingly, the overarching goal of our curricular plan is to empower our graduates to adapt to and master the challenges of the changing world better than those of any other law school.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1971

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Court Name: 

Illinois Northern District Court

President Nominating: 
William J. Clinton
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
7/11/2000
Retirement from Active Service: 
9/1/2012
Bankruptcy and Magistrate Services: 

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982-1997
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois, 1997-2000

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