Jacqueline Chooljian

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Jacqueline Chooljian Appointed By US as United Magistrate Judge

LOS ANGELES - Jacqueline Chooljian has been appointed by the US District Court for the Central District of California as a United Magistrate Judge, the court announced last week. Chooljian, who was appointed on Jan. 6, will preside over matters in Los Angeles.

Chooljian received her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from UCLA in 1982, and her J.D. degree from USC, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Judge Chooljian was most recently an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Counsel to the US Attorney for the Central District of California. While with the US Attorney's Office, she served in a number of important positions, including Chief of the Criminal Division. She has also received the Director's Award for Superior Performance from the U.S. Department of Justice, and commendations from the U.S. Attorney General and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Additionally, she has received awards from the FBI, DEA, and IRS. Previously, she was an associate with the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Magistrate Judges are appointed by the Judges of the District Court for a term of eight years. They can be reappointed to additional terms, and the office is viewed as a career position. Duties include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases, conducting discovery in pretrial matters and relevant hearings in civil cases, the trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants, and other matters as may be assigned.

California Courier Online, January 19, 2006

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