Professionally Diverse

Jennifer Thurston

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

NominatedSeptember 20, 2021

ConfirmedDecember 17, 2021

  • Judge Thurston was confirmed by the Senate on December 17th, 2021. From 2007 to 2009, she was a judge pro tem for the Kern County Superior Court in California, and  served as a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of California from 2009 to 2021. From 1998 to 2009, Thurston was Deputy County Counsel for Kern County.
  • Judge Thurston served as Editor of the Federal Magistrate Judges’ Association electronic newsletter, The Bulletin, and is a former board member, Treasurer, and Vice President of the Kern County Bar Association.
  • Upon confirmation, Judge Thurston became only the second woman to serve as an active district judge in the Eastern District of California.
  • Judge Thurston received her B.S. from CSU Bakersfield in 1989, and her J.D. from the California Pacific School of Law in 1997. She received a Master of Laws from Duke University in 2018.