President Obama has nominated Judge Claire C. Cecchi to a seat on the United States District Court. Judge Cecchi serves as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, a position she has held since 2006.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Cecchi spent 14 years in private practice, during which time she focused on complex civil litigation.  From 2005 to 2006, she was a partner at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.  Previously, Judge Cecchi worked at the law firm of Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, where she was a partner from 2001 to 2004 and an associate from 1997 to 2001.  She was also an associate at Robinson, St. John & Wayne from 1992 to 1996 and its successor firm, Robinson, Lapidus & Livelli in 1996.  Judge Cecchi began her legal career in The Office of Corporation Counsel in New York City where she handled litigation matters.