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Senate confirms two federal judges to California courts

Judges Jacqueline Scott Corley and Fred Slaughter were confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Northern and Central Districts of California, respectively.

WASHINGTON (CN) The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Jacqueline Scott Corley and Fred Slaughter to the federal bench in California, the latest of Biden's historic slate of federal judicial nominees to land seats on U.S. district courts.

Judge Corley was confirmed to the Northern District of California by a 63-36 vote.

Prior to her confirmation, the U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School graduate served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Northern District of California since 2011.

Corley spent the start of her career with Goodwin Proctor with an emphasis on commercial civil litigation and white collar criminal defense before serving as a litigation associate with the San Francisco firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass.

She spent more than 10 years in the Northern District of California clerking for then-Judge Charles Breyer, and two years as a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe working on federal civil litigation.

Slaughter, previously a judge on the Superior Court of Orange County, was confirmed to the Central District of California by a vote of 57-41.

Before his time as a superior court judge, Slaughter spent 12 years as an assistant U.S. attorney, working in the criminal division of several jurisdictions within the Ninth Circuit, including the District of Arizona, the District of Oregon and the Central District of California.

During his time in the Central District of California, where he will now sit on the federal bench, Slaughter also worked as a coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide program run by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices to address violent crime.

At the start of his career, Slaughter served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County City Attorneys' Office's criminal and airport divisions and later worked as a deputy city attorney in the same office.

Slaughter received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California Los Angeles.

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