Senate Confirms Judge Hall to District of Delaware

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Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Hall to be the next United States District Judge for the District of Delaware by a 67-29 vote, one of the widest margins for any Biden judicial nominee.  Judge Hall will take the bench when Judge Richard Andrews moves to Senior Status later this year

Since being appointed in June 2019, Judge Hall has served as a magistrate judge in nearly 200 patent cases.  From 2011 to 2019, she served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, including four years as the Chief of the Civil Division.  Following clerkships for Judge Sharon Prost in the Federal Circuit and for Judge Kent Jordan in the Third Circuit, Judge Hall was an associate at a firm in Delaware from 2008 to 2011 where she litigated numerous patent cases.

Judge Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006.

Because Judge Andrews has previously stated he intends to retain a full caseload when he takes Senior Status, Judge Hall’s elevation to district judge means there will be five district judges to handle a complex docket that currently includes nearly 1,900 open cases, with 750 of those being patent cases.

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