Obama nominates Belleville attorney to federal bench

News-DemocratNovember 7, 2013 

A Belleville attorney has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.

Nancy J. Rosenstengel, 45, has served as the clerk of court for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois since 2009. The position she has been nominated to fill is that of U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy. Murphy, 64, retires on Dec. 1.

He was appointed to the federal bench in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. He was recommended by U.S. Sens. Carol Moseley Braun and Dick Durbin.

Durbin (D-Ill.) in July recommended several people to fill the vacancy: George A. Norwood, Rosenstengel, Stephen Stone, Lisa M. Wood and Staci M. Yandle.

"Nancy Rosenstengel is an excellent candidate for a federal judgeship in Illinois," Durbin said. "Throughout her legal career, she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge, which, once approved, will serve her well as the first female district court judge to serve in the Southern District of Illinois. I will work with my colleagues and Sen. (Mark) Kirk to see that her nomination is swiftly confirmed by the Senate."

Rosenstengel previously served as a law clerk to Murphy for 11 years. She worked for five years in private practice at Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard in St. Louis and is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Law.

The senior senator from the president's political party has traditionally had the lead role in making recommendations to the president for the positions of Federal District Court judge, U.S. attorney, and U.S. marshal in the senator's home state.

Once the president submits a nomination to the U.S. Senate, the nominee will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Durbin is a member, and will ultimately receive a vote in the committee.

If a nomination is approved by the Judiciary Committee, the nominee will receive a vote by the full Senate.

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