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Cynthia M. Rufe

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Cynthia M. Rufe
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
May 3, 2002
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byNorma Levy Shapiro
Personal details
Cynthia Marie Favata

(1948-10-30) October 30, 1948 (age 72)[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Honorable John J. Rufe
EducationAdelphi University (BA)
University at Buffalo Law School (JD)

Cynthia Marie Rufe (born October 30, 1948) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Rufe was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002, to a seat vacated by Norma Levy Shapiro. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 30, 2002, and received commission on May 3, 2002.

Early life and education

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rufe graduated from Adelphi University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 and later from University at Buffalo Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1977.

Legal career

Following law school graduation, Rufe served as a public defender in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, spending much of her tenure there in the juvenile division. She became a deputy public defender in 1980. Soon thereafter, she left government service to practice privately. She practiced in her own firm for 11 years, gaining prominence in the local legal community. In 1994, she was elected as a judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, where she served for eight years, until 2002.

Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, Rufe was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by Norma Levy Shapiro. Rufe was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002 on a Senate vote and received her commission on May 3, 2002.



Legal offices
Preceded by
Norma Levy Shapiro
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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