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Appellate Lawyer Confirmed to Sixth Circuit

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By George Khoury, Esq. on May 29, 2018 6:56 AM

Recently, John B. Nalbandian was confirmed by the Senate to take the bench on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He will be filling the seat vacated by Judge John M. Rogers.

Nalbandian may not have prior experience as a federal court justice, but prior to his confirmation, he boasted a successful appellate practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, he previously served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the Fifth Circuit.

Federal Experience

Notably, Nalbandian does have some interesting experience assisting both federal and appellate courts. In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Nalbandian to be a board member for the State Justice Institute, a private, nonprofit corporation, created in 1984, that awards grants to improve judicial administration in the state courts of the United States.

Furthermore, Nalbandian must know what it takes to be a judge as he was a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the federal Eastern District court in Kentucky.

Unlike many of President Trump's other federal court nominations, Nalbandian generated bipartisan support, partly due to his getting the prior nod from President Obama for the SJI board seat, and partly due to his impressive resume.

In addition to being qualified and somewhat experienced, Nalbandian will also bring a bit of diversity to the appellate bench. He will be the seventh active Asian Pacific American federal court justice.

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