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Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner, Latvian federal judge. Bar: Illinois 1972, United States District (northern district) Illinois 1972, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1977, United States Supreme Court 1981, Federal Trial Bar (northern district) Illinois 1982.


Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond was born in 1938 in Riga, Latvia. Arrived in the United States, 1939. Daughter of Stanley and Ronny (Medalje) Diamond.


AB, Bryn Mawr College, 1960. Postgraduate, University London King's College, 1961. Postgraduate, Georgetown University, 1961—1963.

Juris Doctor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1966. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Rosary College, 1989. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Mundelein College, 1989.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Spertus College of Judaica, 1992.


Judicial clerk United States District Court (northern district) Illinois, Chicago, 1972—1973. Assistant United States attorney United States Attorney' General’ s Office, 1973—1977, deputy chief of public protection, 1975—1976, chief public protection, 1976—1977. Deputy governor, legal counsel Governor James R. Thompson, 1977—1984.

District judge United States District Court (northern district) Illinois, 1984—1992. Circuit judge United States Court Appeals (7th circuit), since 1992. Member Gannon-Proctor Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois, 1982—1984.

Member civil justice reform act advisory committee 7th Circuit Court, Chicago, 1991—1995, member race and gender fairness committee, since 1993. Member fairness committee United States Court Appeals (7th circuit), since 1996, member gender study task force, 1995—1996. Member judicial conference United States Committee Court Administration Case Management, 2000—2006.


Central and East European law initiative volunteer American Bar Association, since 1997. Trustee Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, 1983—1989. Member board overseers Illinois Institute of Technology/Kent College Law, since 1983.

Trustee Illinois Institute of Technology, since 1989. Member advisory council Rush Center for Sports Medicine, Chicago, 1991—1996. Board directors Rehabilitation Institute Chicago, since 1998.

Board visitors Northern Illinois University College Law, 1992—1994. Visiting committee Northwestern University School Law, 1993—1998, University Chicago Law School, 1993—1996, 2000—2003. Chair Illinois state selection committee Rhodes Scholarship Trust, 1998—2000.

Member of Chicago Bar Association (Justice John Paul Stevens award 2005), Jewish Judges Association Illinois (Lifetime Achievement award 2004), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (citation of honor 1991, Merit award 1997), Chicago Council Lawyers, Women's Bar Association Illinois (annual award 1989, 1st Myra Bradwell Woman of Achievement award 1994, 1st Woman Award (in conjunction with Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women) 2000), Federal Judges Association, Federal Bar Association (member selection committee Chicago chapter 1977-1980, treasurer 1978-1979, secretary 1979-1980, Second vice president 1980-1981, 1st vice president 1981-1982, president 1982-1983, Second vice president 7th circuit 1983-1984, vice president 7th circuit 1984-1985), Kappa Beta Pi, Phi Alpha Delta (honorary).