This week was a big news week within the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had many new announcements regarding nominations and vacancies.
Nomination to the Arizona District Court
The most newsworthy item for the Ninth Circuit this week was probably the filling of a very important vacancy in the District Court of Arizona. President Barack Obama nominated not one, but two, to the Arizona District Court this week. Both of the nominations are at the Tucson division, which handles a large criminal caseload. The two nominees are U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps, who will be filling the judgeship vacancy of the late Chief Judge John M. Roll. Judge Roll was one of the six killed in the Tucson shootings on January 8, 2011.
The other vacancy was filled by attorney Rosemary Marquez, who is filling the vacancy left by Judge Frank R. Zapata. Judge Zapata took senior status last August.
Appointment to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon
This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski announced the reappointment of federal Bankruptcy Judge Randall L. Dunn to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon. His reappointment is for an additional fourteen year term and will be effective February 1, 2012. He was initially appointed in February of 1998 and in 2006, Dunn was appointed to the Ninth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
Appointment of Federal Public Defender in Alaska
As announced on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ website, Richard Curtner of Anchorage was reappointed this week for a fifth four-year term as the U.S. Federal Public Defender for the District of Alaska. His reappointment is effective on January 1, 2012. Curtner has been the FPD for the District of Alaska since 1996.
- President Nominates Two to Arizona District Court (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Oregon Bankruptcy Judge Randall L. Dunn Reappointed (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Alaska Federal Public Defender Richard Curtner Reappointed (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)