On June 4, President Obama announced the nominations of three people to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The nominees are U.S. District Judge Robert Leon Wilkins, Georgetown Law Professor Cornelia T.L. Pillard, and attorney Patricia Ann Millett, a Partner at Akin Gump Hauer & Feld, LLP. The announcement was the first time the President held an event to announce nominees to the federal bench other than the Supreme Court. The announcement also comes one month after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan’s nomination to the same court.
The District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is considered the most important inferior appellate court, in part because it reviews many decisions of federal independent agencies of the United States government, often without prior hearing from a lower federal court. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Chief Justice John Roberts all served on the District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
WSH litigators have extensive experience appearing before appellate courts throughout Florida. Our Appellate Practice Group handles dozens of appeals generated by our Litigation Division, and also frequently serves as appellate counsel for our peers. Chaired by Partner Edward G. Guedes, the Group consists of Board-certified experts with a record of success pursuing and defending appeals of final judgments and verdicts and non-final, interlocutory appeals on behalf of public and private sector clients alike. Our attorneys have handled some of the most significant constitutional and government law matters to come before the courts of Florida and the United States.
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara