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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after President Obama announced his nomination of Haywood S. Gilliam to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“I recommended Haywood Gilliam to the president for this important position,” Feinstein said. “Mr. Gilliam’s broad and impressive legal experience, ranging from federal prosecutor to a partner at a major law firm, will be a strong addition to the federal bench in northern California. I am confident he will serve with great distinction.”

Since 2009, Gilliam has been a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP. He is also vice chair of the firm’s white collar defense and investigations practice group.

He was a partner at the law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP from 2006 to 2009.

From 1999 to 2006, Gilliam was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California. He was chief of the securities fraud section in that office from 2005 to 2006.

From 1995 to 1998 he was an associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, the predecessor firm to Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Gilliam earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1991. In 1994, he earned his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an article editor for the Stanford Law Review. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

Gilliam has also served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; on the Northern District of California Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, which he chaired in 2013; and on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.

Filling this position is a priority because the Northern District of California has a significant caseload. The court has averaged more than 640 weighted filings per authorized judgeship – 22 percent above the national average and well over the threshold set by the Judicial Conference of the United States for a “judicial emergency.” Since 2011, the time for a civil case to get to trial has risen by 61 percent – from 21.2 months to 34.2 months.