Federal Bench Judgeships include current judges & law partners
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Donald Trump White House has announced 13 new judicial nominees as of Wednesday evening, continuing the president’s aggressive push to confirm judges to the Federal Bench. The nominations include five picks for Appeals Courts, and eight for Trial Court seats.
Trump named Joseph Bianco, a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York since 2006, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
He also named Michael Park, a New York-based partner at the firm of Consovoy McCarthy Park, to the 2nd Circuit. Park, an ex-Dechert partner and former Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel lawyer, clerked for Justice Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as on the 3rd Circuit.
Trump also nominated Patrick Bumatay, a California-based federal prosecutor, for a seat on the 9th Circuit. Bumatay is currently serving as a counselor to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on criminal issues, including the Opioid Crisis and Transnational Organized Crime.
The president also put forward two people from prominent law firms to the 9th Circuit:
- Daniel Collins, a Munger, Tolles & Olson partner focused on appellate matters and a former Justice Antonin Scalia clerk, and
- Kenneth Kiyul Lee, a partner at Jenner & Block.
Lee, a former lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, also focuses on appellate litigation and internal investigations.
Three were nominated by Trump to seats in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California:
- Stanley Blumenfeld, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge currently assigned to the Felony Trial Court;
- Jeremy Rosen, an LA-based partner at Horvitz & Levy; and
- Mark Scarsi, managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Los Angeles office.
Two others were named to trial court in New York:
- Philip Halpern, managing partner of Collier, Halpern & Newberg, will be considered for the Southern District of New York,
- while Thomas Marcelle, a Cohoes City Court judge, was named to the Northern District.
Trump’s other District Court picks include:
- Brian Buescher, a Kutak Rock partner, for the District of Nebraska;
- Magistrate Judge Clifton Corker for a seat in the Eastern District of Tennessee; and
- Ohio Judge Matthew McFarland for a federal judgeship in the Southern District of Ohio.
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Source: Texas Politics