Rockford’s first female federal judge sworn in Monday

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Lisa Jensen sworn in

Lisa Jensen became the first woman to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for Rockford when she was sworn in on Monday.

“We are so happy to welcome Judge Jensen to our Court.  She brings decades of litigation experience and will be an outstanding addition to our bench in Rockford,” said Chief Judge Rubén Castillo.

Magistrate Jensen will serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is the first woman to serve as a judicial officer in the Western Division.

Jensen was a founding partner of the Faulkner & Jensen law firm in Rockford in 2002. She became the owner of Jensen Law Office in 2008.

She is also a professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Jensen is the second Magistrate Judge to serve at the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse.

Magistrate judges perform a variety of duties for the court, including conducting preliminary proceedings in federal criminal cases and the trial and disposition of federal misdemeanor cases upon consent of the litigants. They conduct various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings upon referral from a district judge of the court and the trial and disposition of federal civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

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