Trump’s Latest Judicial Picks Favor Prosecutors

Current and former Justice Department officials, ex-U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and attorneys with Big Law pedigrees rounded out President Donald Trump’s latest list of planned judicial nominations June 7.

Four women also were included in the list of names Trump intends to send to the Senate, including three appeals court selections and seven for federal district court seats, the White House said.

The president also nominated two candidates to the U.S. Court of International Trade, which could find itself in the spotlight over controversy around the administration’s trade policies.

Judicial nominations have been a bright spot for Trump in an otherwise fraught relationship with Congress as the Senate has confirmed virtually all of his selections so far.

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Chad Readler, currently the principal deputy and acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s civil division, was tapped for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as was Eric Murphy, the state solicitor for Ohio and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Both Murphy and Readler practiced at Jones Day.

Jonathan Kobes, currently counsel to U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, and a former assistant U.S. attorney, was nominated for the Eighth Circuit.

WilmerHale partner Carl Nichols was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, while Martha Pacold, a deputy general counsel at the Treasury Department, was among three selected for the Northern District of Illinois. Both clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Ex-Prosecutors, Big Law Attorneys

Other district court nominees include:

Karin J. Immergut for the District of Oregon. She’s a county circuit court judge and a former U.S. attorney.

Stephanie A. Gallagher for the District of Maryland. She’s currently a U.S. magistrate judge and a former federal prosecutor.

Mary M. Rowland, a U.S. magistrate judge, and Steven Seeger round out the nominees for the Northern District of Illinois. He’s a Securities and Exchange Commission counsel and a former Kirkland & Ellis partner.

Rossie D. Alston, Jr., was nominated to the Eastern District of Virginia. He’s a state appeals court judge.

M. Miller Baker, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, and Timothy M. Reif, a senior adviser to the U.S. trade representative and a former House Ways and Means Committee aide, both were tapped for the Court of International Trade.

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