President Barack Obama announced the nominations of three lawyers today for federal district court spots in New York, California and Florida.
Katherine Polk Failla, a nominee for the Southern District of New York, has been an assistant U.S. attorney in that district since 2000. She has been the chief of the criminal appeals unit for the past four years and was the deputy chief of that unit for four years before that. She also spent six years handling commercial litigation and securities enforcement at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and clerked for Judge Joseph Irenas of the District of New Jersey.
Troy Nunley, a nominee for the Eastern District of California, has been a judge on the Sacramento County Superior Court since 2002. He was previously a deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s office and a deputy district attorney, He also spent two years in private practice.
Sheri Polster Chappell, a nominee for the Middle District of Florida, has been a magistrate in the district since 2003. Before that, she was a county court judge in Lee County, Florida, and also served as an assistant state attorney for 13 years.