Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
January 3, 2013  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Praises President Obama for Renominating Highly Qualified California Judicial Nominees  

Senator Boxer Recommended William Orrick and Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell to the White House

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama for renominating San Francisco attorney William Orrick and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell to serve as U.S. District Court Judges for the Northern and Central Districts of California, respectively. Senator Boxer recommended both nominees to the White House after a thorough interview and vetting process by a bipartisan advisory committee.

Boxer also praised the President for renominating Sacramento Superior Court Judge Troy Nunley to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Senator Dianne Feinstein recommended Judge Nunley to the President.

“I am pleased that President Obama has renominated these highly qualified California nominees, who deserve a vote in the Senate,” Senator Boxer said. “I urge my colleagues to move swiftly to confirm these talented nominees, who are desperately needed to serve in judicial emergency districts.”

From 2009 to 2012, Orrick served as a Counsel and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before 2009, Orrick spent 25 years as a litigator at the San Francisco law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass. He also spent five years providing pro bono legal services for low-income clients in Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and earned his law degree from the Boston College Law School.

Judge O’Connell was first appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2005. She has served on the Superior Court’s Executive Committee, where she is involved with new attorney orientation, community outreach programs and civic education programs. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2005, she helped lead high-profile criminal prosecutions, including cases that earned her awards of distinction from federal law enforcement officials. Judge O’Connell received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was the managing editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.

The Northern District of California stretches from the Monterey Coast in the south to California’s northern border with Oregon and from the Pacific Ocean in the west nearly to Sacramento County in the east. More than 7.3 million people live in the district, which includes San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

The Central District of California includes the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside. It is the most populous federal judicial district, with more than 18 million residents spread across 40,000 square miles.

The Eastern District of California stretches from the Oregon border in the north to the Tehachapis in the south and from the Coastal Range in the west to the Nevada border in the east. It has courts in Sacramento, Fresno, Yosemite, Redding, South Lake Tahoe and Bakersfield.