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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his intent to nominate Law School lecturer and 1989 College graduate Cheryl Krause to the Third Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, according to a White House press release.

“Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her to serve the American people as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals,” Obama said in the press release. “She will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the Third Circuit bench.”

Krause graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English from Penn in 1989. As an undergraduate, she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and lived in Ware College House her freshman year. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1993, Krause clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Krause has lectured at Penn Law since 2003, where she created and continues to lead an appellate litigation externship.

In 2006, Krause became a partner at Dechert LLP, specializing in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations, the press release said. She also founded the Philadelphia Project in 2011 to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities.

Krause declined to comment on her nomination.

Staff Writer Cosette Gastelu contributed reporting.

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