There was more happening at the White House yesterday than green fountains. Despite most people's best guesses that we'd start to see the Obama administration's first judicial nominees come mid-April, the president named his first appeals court nominee. Judge David Hamilton, currently a district court judge for the Southern District of Indiana, has been nominated to fill the lone vacancy on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Hamilton comes with bipartisan support: both of his home state senators, Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D), have given their stamp of approval. And, despite certain right wing activist blogs trying to make much ado about an American Bar Association rating from the early 90s, the ABA has rated Judge Hamilton "well qualified," its highest recommendation.
As Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron noted yesterday, the nomination marks a refreshing change. In addition to impeccable legal credentials, Judge Hamilton's record indicates that he brings a respect for the Constitution and a commitment to the principle of equal justice for all to the bench. For more information on Judge Hamilton, click here.