The Chief Magistrate in Sacramento, Dale Drozd, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a federal judge for the Eastern District of California.
Drozd, 59, has served as a magistrate on the federal court since 1997 and has been chief magistrate judge since 2011.
Drozd will fill the judgeship of Judge Anthony Ishii, who assumed senior status – a form of partial retirement for judges.
Drozd came from private practice with Blackmon, Drozd and Snellings in Sacramento, where he was a partner from 1986 to 1997.
Prior to that he was an associate at the criminal practice of Hallinan, Osterhoudt and Poplack in San Francisco in the 1980s, as well as the Clyde Blackmon and Associates firm in Sacramento.
Drozd received his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1980 and clerked for Judge Lawrence Karlton on the federal court in Sacramento. He received an undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in 1977.