Phila. lawyer nominated for federal judgeship

Cheryl Ann Krause, Third Circuit nominee.
Cheryl Ann Krause, Third Circuit nominee.
Posted: February 07, 2014

A Philadelphia-based partner at the law firm Dechert L.L.P. became the Obama administration's latest nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Cheryl Ann Krause, 46, will fill one of two vacancies on the court, which hears appeals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work, and I am honored to nominate her," President Obama said in a statement.

Krause, who also serves as outside counsel for the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and a board member for the good-government watchdog group Committee of Seventy, did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

Andrew J. Levander, who oversees her work in Dechert's securities litigation division, described her as a "brilliant lawyer."

Krause clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and prosecuted public corruption, money laundering, and securities fraud cases in Manhattan's federal courts.

She returned to Philadelphia in 2002, where she became involved in government-related pro bono work including service as deputy state counsel for John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid. She joined Dechert in 2006.

A Wynnewood native and Lower Merion High School graduate, Krause received her law degree from Stanford University in 1993.


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