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Senator Feinstein Announces Judicial Nomination Process

- Senator announces process to recommend nominees to President-elect Obama for U.S. District Court judges, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals-

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that she has begun a process to recommend nominees to President-elect Obama for the positions of U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshal. 

Senator Feinstein has established bipartisan advisory committees in each of California’s four federal districts.  The committees will be responsible for carefully screening applications, interviewing applicants, and recommending finalists to Senator Feinstein.

David S. Casey, Jr., a San Diego attorney and longtime advisor to Senator Feinstein, will oversee the committees. 

"I take seriously my responsibility to recommend nominees to the President and believe that a bipartisan, merit-based process is the best way to go,” Senator Feinstein said. “These committees are made up of highly regarded attorneys who know their legal communities well. I am confident that the committee members will do their utmost to help me identify the most qualified candidates for the positions of U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshal."

Individuals interested in applying for the positions of district judge, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshal should complete the application which are available as downloadable PDF documents located on the right hand side of the page.

Applicants should send 5 paper copies to:

Mr. David S. Casey, Jr.
Statewide Chair
Feinstein Judicial Advisory Process
110 Laurel Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. 

The members of Senator Feinstein’s Judicial Advisory Committees are:
(Updated as of April 1, 2011)

STATEWIDE CHAIR:

David S. Casey, Jr.:  Mr. Casey is a senior partner at Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt, & Penfield LLP.  He has been named Lawyer of the Year by the San Diego County Bar Association and is a past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now known as the American Association for Justice.

CENTRAL DISTRICT:

Holly Fujie (Chair):  Ms. Fujie is a Shareholder at Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger.  She served as President of the State Bar of California from 2008 to 2009 and previously served a three-year term on the State Bar Board of Governors. 

Wylie Aitken:  Mr. Wylie Aitken is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and the founding partner of Aitken, Aitken, Cohn in Santa Ana, California.  He is a former President of the State Trial Bar and a member of the State of California Task Force on Court Facilities.

Hon. Lourdes G. Baird:  Judge Baird is a former U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California.  She is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.  She is currently a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS, a private provider of dispute resolution services.

Hon. Elwood Lui:  Justice Lui is a former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal and currently a partner at Jones Day.   He has received the State Bar of California’s Witkin Medal, among other awards.

Hon. Carlos Moreno:  Justice Moreno is a former Justice of the California Supreme Court, as well as a former judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District.  He is currently Of Counsel at Irell & Manella LLP.  He has received the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Career Achievement Award, among other awards.

Bart Williams:  Mr. Williams is a partner and the former co-managing partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney.  In 2003, the American Lawyer named him one of the nation’s top 45 lawyers under the age of 45.

EASTERN DISTRICT:

Nancy Miller (Chair):  Ms. Miller is the president of the Sacramento law firm of Hyde, Miller, Owen & Trost, where she serves as chief counsel to local government entities including Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. 

Lowell T. Carruth:  Mr. Carruth is a partner with McCormic Barstow LLP in Fresno.  He has served as President of the Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California and was selected as Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1997 by the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

William Hahesy:  Mr. Hahesy is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and the past president of the Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter.  He currently practices criminal defense and complex civil litigation at his own firm in Fresno.

Fredricka McGee: Ms. McGee is legal counsel to California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and previously served as legal counsel to California Assembly Speakers Fabian Nuñez and Antonoio Villaraigosa.  In 2007, the California Lawyer named her one of 43 Lawyers of the Year, and she has also received the Lawyer of the Year award from the California Association of Black Lawyers.

Charles J. Stevens:  Mr. Stevens is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District and has twice been appointed as a lawyer representative for the Eastern District to the Ninth Circuit.  He is a founding partner of Stevens, O’Connell & Jacobs LLP.

NORTHERN DISTRICT:

Louise Renne (Chair):  Ms. Renne is a partner at Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai Public Law Group LLP.  She is the former San Francisco City Attorney, a past member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and a former president of California Women Lawyers.

Hon. Harry Low:  Justice Low is a former Presiding Justice on the California Court of Appeal.  He has also served as a Judge on the San Francisco County Superior Court and the San Francisco Municipal Court.  He is currently a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS, a private provider of dispute resolution services.

Robert Feldman:  Mr. Feldman is a partner at Quinn, Emanuel, Uquhart, Oliver & Hedges.  He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Raymond C. Marshall:  Mr. Marshall is the former President of the State Bar of California and a past member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.  He is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Hon. Fern Smith:  Judge Smith is a former U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District and the past Director of the Federal Judicial Center.  She is a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS, a private provider of dispute resolution services.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT:

David Noonan (Chair):  Mr. Noonan is a partner at Kirby, Noonan, Lance & Hoge LLP.  He is a former president of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and the San Diego County Bar Association and the 2005 recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick Award for trial excellence and professionalism.

Alan Brubaker:  Mr. Brubaker is a partner at Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Goodwin LLP.  He is the president-elect of the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former president of the San Diego Barristers Club, and a former vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association.
 
Nadia Bermudez:  Ms. Bermudez is an attorney at Brown Law Group, where she practices business litigation.  She is on the board of directors of the San Diego Women Lawyers Club and the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. 

Beatrice Kemp:  Ms. Kemp is the general counsel of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.  She is a former president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and a past director of the California Association of Black Lawyers.

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