President Obama yesterday re-nominated 33 people for federal judgeships – including three for seats in California – whose original nominations had languished without action in the last Congress.
“Several have been awaiting a vote for more than six months, even though they all enjoy bipartisan support,” Obama said in a news release. “I continue to be grateful for their willingness to serve and remain confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. I urge the Senate to consider and confirm these nominees without delay, so all Americans can have equal and timely access to justice.”
Among those nominated again were San Francisco attorney William H. Orrick II, for a seat here in California’s Northern District; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell, for a seat in the Central District; and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Troy Nunley, for a seat in the Eastern District.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., had recommended Orrick and Reid to the White House after an interview and vetting process by a bipartisan advisory committee, while U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., did the same for Nunley.
“I urge my colleagues to move swiftly to confirm these talented nominees, who are desperately needed to serve in judicial emergency districts,” Boxer said Thursday.
Orrick from 2009 to 2012 served as a counsel and deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division; earlier he was a litigator at the San Francisco firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass for 25 years. Obama nominated him June 11 and he was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Aug. 2, but he never got a floor vote.
O’Connell has sat on the Los Angeles superior court bench since 2005; earlier, she had been an assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles since 1995. Obama nominated her Nov. 14, but she never had a Judiciary Committee hearing.
Nunley has sat on the Sacramento superior court bench in 2002; earlier, he was a deputy state attorney general from 1999 to 2002, a Sacramento deputy district attorney from 1996 to 1999, in private practice from 1994 to 1996, and an Alameda County deputy district attorney from 1991 to 1994. Obama nominated him June 25 and he was approved by the Judiciary Committee on Dec. 6, but he never got a floor vote.