First female federal judge now serving in Rockford

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Lisa Jensen becomes the first woman to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Rockford.

Courtesy: United States District Court

Jensen was sworn in during a private ceremony on Friday. She was selected in January to fill the newly-open position with the United States District Court.

“We are so happy to welcome Judge Jensen to our Court. She brings decades of litigation experience and will be an outstanding addition to our bench in Rockford,” said Rubén Castillo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Jensen earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She has served as a lawyer in the Chicago and Rockford areas for nearly 30 years.

Magistrate judges serve eight-year renewable terms. Jensen will work with cases in 18 counties, including Winnebago, Boone and Stephenson counties, as the fourth judge at the Rockford courthouse.