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Nancy Gertner, born in 1946 in New York City, New York, is a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Gertner received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in 1967. She received an M.A. and a J.D. from Yale University in 1971.

She was nominated to the seat by President Bill Clinton on October 27, 1993 and was confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 1994. Prior to her appointment, she was in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts, and was perhaps most well known for her work as a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer. As both a judge and a private attorney, her career has been marked by controversial cases including abortion, race as a factor in jury selection, and the constitutionality of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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