United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Chief Judge Wilken to Take Senior Status In December 2014

Chief Judge Claudia Wilken has notified President Obama of her intention to take senior status in December 2014.

Judge Wilken has served as chief judge of this court since September 1, 2012 and has been a district judge since 1993. Before serving as a district judge, Judge Wilken served for 10 years as a magistrate judge (1983-93) of this court. She earned her B.A. degree at Stanford University and her J.D. at University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. After law school, Judge Wilken spent several years as a staff attorney with the Federal Public Defender's Office in this district. She then spent several years in private practice in Berkeley before taking the bench. 

Under 28 United States Code § 136, which governs the selection, tenure and powers of chief district judges, the chief judge of the district must be the longest-serving district judge in regular active service who is 64 years of age or under and willing to accept the office. The chief judgeship will therefore go next to District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton. More information about this transition will be posted later in 2014.