Karen Stevenson Sworn in as Magistrate Judge

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – Karen Stevenson, a former Buchalter Nemer lawyer, was sworn in as a new magistrate judge in Los Angeles Federal Court on Monday.
     Stevenson was nominated as one of the Top 100 women litigators by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and in March 2015 was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the nation’s mostiInfluential black lawyers. She also served as editor-in-chief of Litigation News, a publication of the American Bar Association.
     Before her selection as magistrate judge, Stevenson was of counsel at Buchalter Nemer, where she concentrated on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities litigation and defense of financial institutions, according to statement by Court Clerk Kiry Gray.
     Stevenson graduated in 1998 from Stanford Law School after studying as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College in Oxford, England, where she received an master’s degree in European history. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she also won the Jim Tatum Award for outstanding scholar and athlete.
     The Federal Court based in Los Angeles covers the U.S. Central District of California, which includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. It is the largest Federal Court in the nation by population, serving more than 19 million people.

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