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7th Circuit nominees get bipartisan support in committee vote

April 19, 2018

With 21-to-0 vote, Judge Amy St. Eve and Michael Scudder, the nominees for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, were approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Their nominations now proceed to the Senate for a confirmation vote at date to be determined.

St. Eve, judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Scudder, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Chicago, have been nominated to fill the Illinois seats on the appellate court. The positions were previously held by Ann Claire Williams and Richard Posner, who both retired in 2017.

During the committee session, no one offered any comments about either St. Eve or Scudder.  

At the district court level, the White House announced April 10 it would be nominating Fort Wayne attorney Holly Brady to the Northern Indiana District Court to fill Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen’s seat and Indianapolis attorney J.P. Hanlon to fill the impending vacancy when Judge William Lawrence retires from the Southern Indiana District Court in July.

The announcement from the Trump administration said President Donald Trump intended to nominate 20 individuals to the federal bench, including Brady and Hanlon. To date, only 10 names –  of which Brady was one –  have been forwarded to the Senate for consideration. Hanlon’s nomination is expected to be sent to Capitol Hill at a later time.

Both nominees for the Indiana district courts are graduates of Valparaiso Law School and currently are in private practice. Brady is a partner at Haller & Colvin PC, and Hanlon is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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