Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Karen L. Stevenson Named Central District Magistrate Judge
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Karen L. Stevenson was appointed and sworn in yesterday as the newest magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Stevenson succeeds Margaret A. Nagle, who retired. The new jurist comes to the court from Buchalter Nemer, where she was of counsel, concentrating her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation and defense of financial services institutions.
“Additionally, Judge Stevenson has expertise in insurance coverage for policyholders, e-discovery, and data breach/cybersecurity matters,” the court said in a release.
She was nominated as one of the Top 100 Women Litigators by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and in March of this year was named by Savoy Magazine one of the nation’s Most Influential Black Lawyers. She also served as editor-in-chief of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Litigation News on-line and print publication.
Stevenson grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she competed in track and field and was Phi Beta Kappa, as well as one of the first women named as a Morehead Scholar. She also won the Jim Tatum Award as outstanding scholar and athlete.
She was also one of the first women named a Rhodes Scholar, earning a master’s degree in European history at Oxford’s Magdalen College.
Graduating from Stanford Law School in 1998, she has authored articles and publications on a number of topics, including litigating in the social networking era and e-discovery.
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