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Biden taps nominees for judgeships in California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota

The president has picked 247 judicial nominees during his tenure.

WASHINGTON (CN) — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced three judicial nominees for federal district courts in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California.

The announcement, which brings the total number of judicial nominees during Biden’s tenure to 247, comes as more than a dozen Senate Republicans have formally resolved to prevent the administration from confirming any more of its nominees for political appointments or federal judgeships.

Mary Kay Costello was nominated for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she has been serving as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2008.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Costello worked in private practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Saul Ewing LLP. Costello, who spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, received her bachelor’s and law degree from Temple University

Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman said recommending Costello to the White House “was an easy decision.”

“Throughout her service in the Air Force and as a prosecutor, Mary Kay has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our nation and to the people of Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said. “With a well-earned reputation for being a fair prosecutor who prioritizes real justice over high conviction rates — it is people like Mary Kay who are exactly what our judicial system needs.”

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said Costello’s experience stood out.

“As a military vet and longtime federal prosecutor, she has devoted her career to defending our nation, fighting corruption, rooting out fraud, and keeping our communities safe,” Casey said. “I look forward to voting to swiftly confirm her and to help her make history.”

Biden nominated Laura Margarete Provinzino for the District of Minnesota, where she’s been working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2010. She previously worked in private practice at Robins Kaplan LLP. Provinzino received bachelors’ degrees from Oxford University and Lewis & Clark College and her law degree from Yale Law School.

The White House and Minnesota’s representatives in the U.S. Senate highlighted Provinzino’s upbringing in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

“Laura Provinzino has spent her career serving Minnesotans, advancing justice and protecting the rule of law,” Senator Tina Smith said. “She will make an exceptional U.S. District Court judge and I want to congratulate her on her nomination.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar called Provinzino a “widely respected” U.S. attorney.

“Born and raised in St. Cloud, she is dedicated to serving all Minnesotans and has a demonstrated commitment to justice and the rule of law,” Klobuchar said. “I look forward to working with my Judiciary Committee colleagues on both sides of the aisle to confirm her.”

For the Northern District of California, Biden nominated Superior Court Judge Noel Wise. Since 2014, she has been on the bench at the Superior Court of California in Alameda County, between San Francisco and San Jose. Wise also served a stint as judge pro tem for the California Second District Court of Appeal from 2021 to 2022.

Wise previously worked in private practice at Wise Gleicher in Alameda, California, and at Stoel Rives LLP in San Francisco. She also worked for two years as in-house counsel for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in San Francisco; as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s environmental and natural resources division; and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.

Wise received her bachelor’s from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School and master’s of science in law from Stanford Law School.

California Senator Laphonza Butler said Wise was an “exceptionally qualified California jurist.”

“Her extensive experience and unwavering commitment to the rule of law make her an outstanding choice for the federal bench,” Butler said. 

California Senator Alex Padilla commended Wise’s work with newer attorneys and in the community.

“Her dedication to public service extends beyond the courtroom to training the next generation of lawyers at California law schools and helping low-income students pursue higher education,” Padilla said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly confirm her to the Northern District so she can continue to serve the people of California.”

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