Judge Cynthia Rufe

Legal Career:

Following law school graduation, Rufe served as a public defender in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, spending much of her tenure there in the juvenile division. She became a deputy public defender in 1980. Soon thereafter, she left government service to practice privately. She practiced in her own firm for 11 years, gaining prominence in the local legal community. In 1994, she was elected as a judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, where she served for eight years, until 2002.


Federal Judicial Service:

On the recommendation of Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, Rufe was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by Norma Levy Shapiro. Rufe was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002 on a Senate vote and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She assumed senior status on December 31, 2021.



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