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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


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Confirmation Hearing Today for District Court Nominee


By a MetNews Staff Writer


President Obamaís nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California faces a scheduled confirmation hearing today.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced on its web page that Sen. Dianne Feinstein will preside over the hearings for Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. and three nominees from other parts of the country.

Gilliam was nominated by the president last month. He has been a partner at Covington & Burling LLP since 2009, and is vice-chair of the firmís White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. 

From 2006 to 2009, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP. 

Gilliam was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District from 1999 to 2006, serving as chief of the Securities Fraud Section from 2004 to 2006.

He worked at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen from 1995 to 1998 and served as a law clerk to Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District from 1994 to 1995. 

He is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, and has 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. He was also co-chair of the law schoolís San Francisco Alumni Chapter for the past two years

He won the Thomas I. Atkins Civil Rights Award from the San Francisco NAACP in 1998 and is a longtime board member of the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation in Oakland and served on the East Bay Community Law Centerís Advisory Board.

Also set to be considered by the committee today are Allison Dale Burroughs, a litigator and partner in Bostonís Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP who has been nominated as a district judge in the District of Massachusetts; Jeanne E. Davidson, director of the Offices of Foreign Litigation and International Legal Assistance as well as the International Trade Field Office in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, nominated to the Court of International Trade; and Amit Priyavadan, a partner in Washington, D.C.ís Zimmerman Spaeder who has been nominated as a district judge for  the District of Columbia.


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