Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Trump nominates Andrew S. Oldham to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Today President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate an eleventh wave of judicial nominees as follows: If confirmed, Mark J. Bennett of Hawaiʻi will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mark Bennett is a director in the Honolulu firm Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, where he has practiced complex civil and appellate litigation and government relations since joining the firm in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bennett spent almost eight years as the Attorney General of Hawaiʻi, and was twice unanimously confirmed to that position by the Hawaiʻi Senate. During his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Bennett successfully argued two cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and earned both the Department of Justice National Leadership Award and the Hawaiʻi Law Enforcement Elwood J. McGuire Award for Contributions to Law Enforcement. Before he was appointed Attorney General, Mr. Bennett spent a dozen years practicing complex civil and appellate litigation at the Honolulu firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bennett spent seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi. During this period, he earned a Special Achievement Award from the Attorney General of the United States. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Bennett served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Samuel P. King of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaiʻi. Mr. Bennett has also served...
Trump nominates Texas Attorney Alan Albright for Federal District Judge

Trump nominates Texas Attorney Alan Albright for Federal District Judge

Trump nominates Texas Attorney Alan Albright for Federal District Judge   Trump nominates Texas Attorney Alan Albright for Federal District Judge Today President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate a tenth wave of judicial nominees as follows: If confirmed, John B. Nalbandian of Kentucky will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  John Nalbandian is a partner in the litigation practice group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced since 2000. He is the firm’s lead appellate lawyer and also practices complex litigation in State and Federal courts. He is board certified as a specialist in appellate law. Prior to joining Taft Stettinius, Mr. Nalbandian practiced for five years in the appellate section of a law firm in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Nalbandian clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed him to serve as a board member of the State Justice Institute, a nonprofit organization established by the federal government to improve the administration of justice in state courts. Mr. Nalbandian resides in Union, Kentucky, and is a member of the Kentucky and Ohio Bars. In 2007, Governor Fletcher appointed him as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court.  He has also served on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, as a Board Member of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Board of Directors, and as a Board Member of the Telecommunications Board of Northern...
Governor Abbott Taps Jimmy Blacklock for Texas Supreme Court

Governor Abbott Taps Jimmy Blacklock for Texas Supreme Court

Pending the confirmation of Justice Don Willett for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Governor Greg Abbott has selected Jimmy Blacklock as the next Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Blacklock currently serves as the Governor’s General Counsel. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, he previously worked for then-Attorney General Abbott in the Solicitor General’s office and as an assistant attorney general. “We applaud Governor Abbott for making a superb choice for the Texas Supreme Court,” said Carol Sims, TCJL Executive Director. “Jimmy Blacklock has broad legal experience in state government and will bring a unique and scholarly perspective to the Court. He also understands the critical importance of judicial restraint, deference to legislative policy decisions, and a stable jurisprudence to the continuing prosperity of our state.” Justice Willett’s confirmation could come as early as next month. The timing of Governor Abbott’s announcement, just two weeks before the December 11 filing deadline for the 2018 primary ballot, appears to head off the possibility of a contested primary or the prospect of Justice Willett’s replacement on the ballot by vote of the State Republican Executive Committee. This process may still occur if Justice Willett’s confirmation does not occur until after December 11, but it seems highly unlikely that, if called to do so, the SREC would put anyone other than the Governor’s appointee on the ballot. As the Governor’s appointee, Blacklock will run for election to a full six-year term in...
Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Judicial Compensation Commission

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Judicial Compensation Commission

Source: http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/22656 Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Alejandro “Alex” Cestero and Scott Salmans and reappointed Bill Strawn to the Judicial Compensation Commission for terms set to expire February 1, 2021. Strawn will continue serving as chair. The commission recommends the proper salaries to be paid by the state for all justices and judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts Of Appeals, and state district courts. Alejandro “Alex” Cestero of Houston is senior vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for Frank’s International N.V. He is a board member of the Texas Lyceum, board member and president of The General Counsel Forum – Houston Chapter and an advisory board member and executive committee member of the Institute for Energy Law. Additionally, he is a corporate member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, member and past chairman of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel America, International Association of Drilling Contractors and the International, American and Houston Bar Associations. Cestero received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish/Latin American Studies and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. Scott Salmans of McGregor is owner and CEO of WRS Group Ltd. He is a member and forum officer of the Young Presidents Organization and a member of the Waco Industrial Foundation Board, Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board and the Waco Business League. Additionally, he is former president of the Baylor Waco Foundation and a member and former board member of the Greater Waco...
Governor Abbott Appoints Phil Grant to 9th Judicial District Court

Governor Abbott Appoints Phil Grant to 9th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Phil Grant of Montgomery as judge of the 9th Judicial District Court in Montgomery County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Phil Grant is first assistant district attorney for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and is the supervisor for the Public Integrity Unit and Major Crimes and Police Integrity Response teams. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Guardianship Certification Board and the Montgomery County Bar Association. Additionally, he is a board member of the Conroe Noon Lions Club, past president and past board member of Children’s Safe Harbor and past president of the Houston Athletic Association for the Disabled. Grant received a Bachelor of Arts in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. Source:...
Governor Abbott Appoints Tidwell to 6th Judicial District Court

Governor Abbott Appoints Tidwell to 6th Judicial District Court

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Wes Tidwell of Paris as judge of the 6th Judicial District Court in Lamar and Red River Counties for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. Wes Tidwell is managing partner of Ellis & Tidwell, LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Fifth Circuit Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation and the Northeast Texas Bar Association and member and past president of the Lamar County Bar Association. Additionally, he is a board member of the Red River Valley Boys and Girls Club and a youth baseball coach for the Paris Breakfast Optimist. Tidwell received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa School of Law. April 7,...