Donetta W. Ambrose

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Donetta W. Ambrose
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
November 5, 2010
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
2002–2009
Preceded byD. Brooks Smith
Succeeded byGary L. Lancaster
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
November 24, 1993 – November 5, 2010
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byGerald Joseph Weber
Succeeded byMark R. Hornak
Personal details
Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945 (age 73)
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
EducationDuquesne University (B.A.)
Duquesne University School of Law (J.D.)

Donetta W. Ambrose (born November 5, 1945) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career[edit]

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Ambrose received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in 1967 and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1970. She was a law clerk to Louis Manderino of Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1971. She was an assistant attorney general of Pennsylvania Department of Justice from 1972 to 1974, thereafter entering private practice in New Kensington until 1981. She was an assistant district attorney in the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office from 1977 to 1981. She was a judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas from 1982 to 1993.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On October 25, 1993, Ambrose was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania vacated by Gerald Joseph Weber. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 20, 1993, and received her commission on November 24, 1993. Upon the elevation of D. Brooks Smith to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Ambrose became Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and served in that capacity until 2009. She assumed senior status on November 5, 2010.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gerald Joseph Weber
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
1993–2010
Succeeded by
Mark R. Hornak
Preceded by
D. Brooks Smith
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
2002–2009
Succeeded by
Gary L. Lancaster