The Senate and the White House used the last day before the month-long summer congressional recess to move on a slate of judicial and U.S. Justice Department positions, including Stuart Delery to lead the DOJ Civil Division.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Delery, a non-controversial nominee who has been the acting as head of the Civil Division for the past 15 months, along with dozens of other administration, agency and military appointments.
Delery, who left Wilmer for the Justice Department in 2009, now permanently runs the largest litigating component of the Justice Department. He said during his confirmation hearing that his priorities will be protecting national security and using the False Claims Act as well as other tools to pursue anti-fraud initiatives.
"He has provided strong and steady leadership in our efforts to advance equality, opportunity, and justice," Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement Friday. "And I look forward to continuing to work with him as we continue the division’s critical work on behalf of the American people."
The White House yesterday announced President Barack Obama's nomination of Peter Kadzik to be the permanent assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Kadzik has served as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the office since April.
President Barack Obama on Thursday made his picks for the general counsel at the Departments of Homeland Security and Energy, as well as the National Labor Relations Board.
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Obama also made three nominations to circuit courts and six to federal district courts. Obama nominated Munger, Tolles & Olson partners Michelle Friedland, 41, and John Owens, 42, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, as well as Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
The six nominations to federal district courts included Christopher Cooper, a partner at Covington & Burling since 2012 and a partner at Baker Botts for more than a decade prior to that. Obama nominated Cooper for a slot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The other nominees are: Daniel Crabtree for the District of Kansas, a partner at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker in Kansas City; Douglas Harpool for the Western District of Missouri, a partner at Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool in Springfield; Sheryl Lipman for the Western District of Tennessee, counsel for the University of Memphis; Gerald McHugh Jr. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Raynes McCarty; and Edward Smith for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a judge on the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas in Northampton County.