Beryl Howell, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, was nominated Wednesday for a slot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, one of five nominations President Barack Obama made today to federal district courts across the country.
Howell, a former federal prosecutor in New York, has served on the Sentencing Commission since 2004. From 2003 until 2009, Howell has been executive managing director and general counsel at Stroz Friedberg, a litigation consulting and technical services firm.
Howell has also served on the staff of the U.S. Judiciary Committee as a senior adviser and as general counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Howell was a federal prosecutor between 1987 and 1993 and became deputy chief of the narcotics section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Obama today also made the following nominations: Judge Marco Hernandez, a state judge in Oregon, for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; Judge Steve Jones, a state judge in Georgia, to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Judge Diana Saldaña, a federal magistrate judge, for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and Michael Simon, a Perkins Coie partner in Oregon, for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Simon, a Perkins Coie partner since 1990, heads the firm's litigation office in Portand.
“These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to justice throughout their careers,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday evening. “I am confident they will serve the American people with distinction from the United States District Court.”