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Nancy Torresen

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Nancy Torresen
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
January 6, 2015 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byJohn A. Woodcock
Succeeded byJon D. Levy
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
Assumed office
October 4, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byD. Brock Hornby
Personal details
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959 (age 61)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
EducationHope College (B.A.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Nancy Torresen (born October 7, 1959) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She is the first female judge to serve in the District of Maine.[1]

Early life and education

Torresen received a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987.[2][3]


Torresen worked as a law clerk for then-District Judge Conrad K. Cyr from 1987 to 1988. Between the years 1988 to 1990, Torresen worked at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, where she was based in Washington, D.C.. In 1990, Torresen joined the United States Attorney's Office in Maine, where she handled civil actions involving United States federal agencies. Between 1994 and 2001, Torresen worked for the appellate section of the criminal division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office, where she was responsible for representing the state of Maine in appeals of serious violent crime convictions. From 2001 until becoming a federal judge in 2011, she worked in the United States Attorney’s Office in Bangor and focused on investigating and prosecuting various federal crimes.[2][3]

Federal judicial service

Torresen was nominated to fill the seat of Judge D. Brock Hornby by President Barack Obama on March 2, 2011.[4] Torresen is the first woman to serve as a federal judge in Maine.[2] The United States Senate confirmed Torresen on October 3, 2011.[5][3] She received her judicial commission on October 4, 2011.[3] She became Chief Judge on January 6, 2015.[6] She ended her term as Chief Judge on December 31, 2018.[7]


  1. ^ Making History: President Obama’s Female Judicial Nominees Archived 2018-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Alliance for Justice (June 11, 2013).
  2. ^ a b c Judy Harrison, "Bangor attorney Torresen may be first woman to become federal judge in Maine" (March 3, 2011). Bangor Daily News.
  3. ^ a b c d "Torresen, Nancy – Federal Judicial Center".
  4. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". The White House Office of the Press Secretary. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Writer, Scott DolanStaff (6 January 2015). "Judge Torresen named chief of federal courts in Maine – Portland Press Herald".
  7. ^ "Judge Jon D. Levy to Begin Term as Chief Judge", United States District Court for the District of Maine, December 31, 2018

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Preceded by
D. Brock Hornby
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
Preceded by
John A. Woodcock
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
Succeeded by
Jon D. Levy
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