Thursday, March 6, 2014
Chhabria Wins Confirmation as U.S. District Judge
By a MetNews Staff Writer
San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Vince Chhabria was confirmed yesterday as a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of California.
Senators voted 58-41 for Chhabria’s confirmation, after earlier voting 57-43 to invoke cloture, or cut off debate. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats on cloture, and were joined fellow GOP senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois on the final vote.
One Democrat missed the final vote after having earlier voted for cloture.
Chhabria is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley School of Law, a former law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Ninth Circuit Judge James Browning, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
He was an associate at the complex litigation firm of Keker & Van Nest, LLP and at Covington & Burling, LLP.
Since 2005, he has served in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he currently serves as deputy city attorney for Government Litigation and as the Co-Chief of Appellate Litigation.
He was nominated for the district bench in July.
Earlier in the day, the Senate confirmed several other judicial nominees:
•Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez, to be U.S. district judge for the District of Puerto Rico. Confirmation was by a vote of 98-0, after a 57-41 cloture vote. Collins and Murkowski were the only Republicans to vote for cloture.
•Pamela Reeves, to be a judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She was confirmed 99-0 after a 62-37 cloture vote, as her home-state senators, Alexander and Bob Corker, voted to cut off debate, as did Collins, Murkowski, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, and Mike Lee of Utah.
•Timothy Brooks, to serve in the Western District of Arkansas. He was confirmed 100-0 after a 59-41 cloture vote. Home-state Republican John Boozman voted for cloture, as did Collins, Flake & Murkowski.
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