Who is Judge Tanya Chutkan?
Judge Tanya Chutkan, a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was unanimously appointed to the bench in June 2014 (95-0).
She is currently assigned to the 2020 election subversion case in Washington against Donald Trump. Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2023 on charges that he conspired to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.
Judge Chutkan received her B.A. in Economics from George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was associate editor of the law review.
After law school, she worked in private practice before joining the District of Columbia Public Defender Service (“PDS”), where she worked as a trial attorney and supervisor for eleven years. She then joined the prestigious law firm, Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP, where she focused on antitrust and complex civil litigation.
From 1996 – 2000 Judge Chutkan was a member of the Steering Committee for the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section of the District of Columbia Bar. She has also served as a faculty member at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Judge Chutkan is a wife and mother to two sons.