Obama nominates candidate for Southern Illinois judicial post

News-DemocratJanuary 16, 2014 

An O'Fallon attorney has been nominated by President Barack Obama on Thursday to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois, serving in Benton.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Staci Yandle's nomination.

"Staci Yandle is an excellent candidate for the federal bench in Southern Illinois," Durbin said. "She will bring a wealth of knowledge and litigation experience to the position. I am pleased that President Obama has nominated her today will be working with Sen. Kirk to see her nomination is approved by the Senate."

Yandle has owned her practice in O'Fallon since 2007. She worked for The Rex Carr Law Firm for four years. She worked at the Carr, Korein & Tillery for 16 years.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Association. She has taught for nearly a decade as an adjunct professor at the St. Louis University Law School. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University School of Law. She lives in Carlyle.

In April 2012, Durbin established a bipartisan screen committee to assist in selecting federal district court judges for Southern Illinois. Durbin's screening committee was comprised of six distinguished Illinoisians drawn from various aspects of the legal profession. The committee was co-chaired by Lois Wood, executive director for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and George Timberlake, the former chief judge of the Illinois Second Judicial Circuit.

The screening committee reviewed the applications, interviewed applicants and references and recommended the names of several individuals to Durbin. Durbin reviewed the screening committee's recommendations, conducted interviews of the finalists and, in consultation with Kirk, submitted the screen committee's recommendation to the president, who makes the final decisions on nominees.

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 the nomination is approved by the judiciary committee, the nominee will receive a vote by the full Senate.

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