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UH Law Center alumnus John Kazen ‘90 named Federal Judge

March 15, 2024 — President Joe Biden appointed University of Houston Law Center alumnus John A. Kazen (J.D. ’90) to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Kazen was confirmed as the first new judge of 2024 by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 9, which approved Biden’s nomination with a bipartisan vote. Kazen was among four district court nominees for federal district courts by the Biden-Harris administration on Aug. 30. The White House stated in a release that the nominees, “are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

Kazen received support from Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz, who both serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Judge Kazen’s legal acumen, work ethic, and three decades of experience in private practice and public service make him exceptionally qualified to serve as a U.S. District Judge in Laredo,” Cornyn stated in a release.

Kazen most recently served as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Texas since 2018. He was a partner at a law firm that he established, Kazen, Meurer, & Pérez, LLP from 1997-2018. Before completing his legal education in 1990, he earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987.

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