James K. Bredar

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James Bredar
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
December 17, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Frederick Motz
United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
1998 – December 17, 2010
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Georgetown University

James Kelleher Bredar (born 1957) serves as a United States District Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, a position he has held since 2010. He previously served for 12 years as a magistrate judge in the same district.

Early life and education

Bredar served as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland (1992–1998) and an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Colorado (1989–1992). He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado (1985–1989) and a Deputy District Attorney in Moffat County, Colorado (1984–1985). Following law school, Judge Bredar clerked for Judge Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He received his J.D. in 1982 from the Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B. in 1979 from Harvard College. From 1981 until 1982 he was a Visiting Student at the Yale Law School.

Federal judicial service

On April 21, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Bredar to become United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.[1] His nomination was approved by the full Senate on December 16, 2010.[2] He received his commission on December 17, 2010 and was sworn in on December 22, 2010.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frederick Motz
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
2010–present
Incumbent