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Senate Judiciary Committee Scheduled on Wednesday to Consider Nomination of Judge Bernice Bouie Donald to Replace Retiring Judge Gilman

Posted in Judicial Appointments and Vacancies, News and Analysis

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Bernice Bouie Donald to replace retiring Judge Ronald Lee Gilman on the Sixth Circuit.

President Obama originally nominated Judge Donald on December 1, 2010, but the Senate Judiciary Committee was unable to conduct a hearing on Judge Donald’s nomination before the 111th Congress adjourned.  President Obama re-nominated Judge Donald on January 5, 2011.

As we previously reported back in December when she was first nominated, Judge Donald currently sits as a district court judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, to which she was appointed in 1995 by President Clinton.  Judge Donald is a graduate of the University of Memphis Law School and has more than 28 years of judicial experience.

Judge Donald is President Obama’s second nominee to the Sixth Circuit.  His first nominee, Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, was commissioned as a circuit judge on September 15, 2010.