|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Jason Westphal
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
org jwestphal wisbar wisbar jwestphal org
Commission seeks applicants for federal judgeship
MADISON, June 26, 2003 - Wisconsin's Federal
Nominating Commission, a bipartisan body charged with reviewing and
making recommendations for vacancies in federal judgeships and U.S.
attorney positions, is accepting applications for the vacancy on the
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The opening
results from Judge John Coffey's decision to assume senior status and a
The 12-member commission will recommend four to six individuals to
the state's two U.S. Senators, Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, and
Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. The senators will then forward
their recommendations to President Bush, who will make the final
appointment. The Commission, which has been in existence in Wisconsin
since 1979, was last utilized in 2001.
Application materials will be made available on July 3, and must
be returned no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. All
inquiries and correspondence regarding the Federal Nominating Commission
should be directed to Jason Westphal, public policy & media
assistant, State Bar of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI
53707-7158. Westphal may also be reached toll-free at (800) 444-9404,
ext. 6077 or via e-mail at org jwestphal wisbar wisbar jwestphal org.
University of Wisconsin Law School Dean Kenneth Davis and incoming
Marquette Law School Dean Joseph Kearney will serve as co-chairs of the
panel. Other commission members include: Attys. James Brennan, Stephen
Glynn, Richard Graber, James Hall Jr. and John Savage of Milwaukee;
Atty. Greg Conway of Green Bay; Atty. William Curran of Mauston; Atty.
Charles Curtis Jr. of Madison; Atty. John Knuteson of Racine; and Former
Congressman Mark Neumann of Nashotah.