President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the US District Court Bench

President Barack Obama taps four men for the honor of serving the United States District Court
By: Chris Faulknor, Editor
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President Barack Obama selected four distinguished legal minds he feels are worthy of the honor of serving as judges of the United States District Court.  These candidates will either be confirmed or turned down by the United States Senate.
“I am grateful for their willingness to serve,” said President Barack Obama.  “These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system.”
John Lee, nominated to serve Illinois’ Northern District, comes from Freeborn & Peters LLP, a law firm out of Chicago, where he has been since 1999.
Lee has spent his career between various law firms, which begain after his education at Harvard Law School.
Lee’s accomplishments include high-ranking membership in several Asian-based law organizations, both locally and nationally, and publication of several papers containing legal updates.
Gonzalo Curiel is nominated to preside over the District Court for the Southern District of California.
Curiel currently serves as a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego, where he was served for 4 years.
Prior to 2007, Curiel served as a federal prosecutor for 17 years.
Other areas of interest have been corporate law and narcotics enforcement.
Curiel graduated from the Indiana University School of Law.
George Russell III stands to be appointed to the District of Maryland.
Russell serves as an associate judge on the Baltimore City courts and worked in private practice before his current position.
Russell comes with experience in both malpractice law and general liability.
John Tharp Jr., currently a parter for Mayer Brown LLP, has been nominated to serve as a judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Tharp began his legal career as a law clerk for a circuit court judge, going straight to private practice afterwards at Kirkland & Ellis, and several law firms afterwards.
Tharp graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law, attending after five years as a Marine.

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