Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
|For Immediate Release: |
June 11, 2012
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553
Boxer Praises President Obama for Nominating Jon S. Tigar and William Orrick to the Northern District Federal Court
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama’s nominations of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon S. Tigar and San Francisco attorney William Orrick for federal judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Senator Boxer recommended both nominations to the White House after a thorough interview and vetting process by a bipartisan advisory committee.
“I am so pleased the President has nominated Judge Jon S. Tigar for a federal judgeship in the Northern District of California,” Senator Boxer said. “Judge Tigar has had a diverse legal career, including more than nine years as an exemplary Superior Court Judge, and will be an excellent addition to the bench.”
“I want to thank the President for nominating William Orrick to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,” Boxer said. “He brings a depth of legal experience in both the public and private sectors, which will make him a tremendous asset to the court.”
Since 2002, Judge Tigar has served on the Alameda County Superior Court, where he has presided over civil, criminal and family law cases. Previously, he was a partner at Keker & Van Nest, and served as a trial attorney for the Public Defender’s Office in San Francisco. Before he joined the state court bench, Judge Tigar received an award from the State Bar of California for his pro bono services.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and earned his law degree from the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.
Since 2009, Orrick has 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.
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.