Cynthia Ann Bashant, formerly of New Hartford, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a Federal Judge for the Southern District of California.
In 2000 Bashant was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court. As a judge, she has presided over more than one thousand cases that have gone to verdict or judgement—including more than 100 criminal jury trials.
She was presiding judge in Juvenile Court from 2010 to 2013.
She graduted from New Hartford High School, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College in 1982 and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the law in 1986.
In 1989, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San. Diego. She focused on drug cases and served as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit in San Diego from 1995 to 1997, and then as Chief of the Border Crimes Unit from 1997 to 1998.
Bashant has won many awards and served on many Boards advocating for the health and welfare of children and families in San Diego.
Upon her federal judgeship nomination, Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “Beyond her qualifications and experience, Judge Bashant clearly is an outstanding woman and a real leader.”
Bashant is the daughter of Dr. Gordon and Nancy Bashant, formerly of New Hartford, and presently of San Diego and Old Forge.