U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
NominatedSeptember 20, 2021
Judge Thurston has fourteen years of experience as a judge. From 2007 to 2009, she was a judge pro tem for the Kern County Superior Court in California, and she has served as a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of California since 2009. From 1998 to 2009, Thurston was Deputy County Counsel for Kern County.
Judge Thurston serves 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.
If confirmed, Judge Thurston would be 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.