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.