Committee OKs nominee for Southern Illinois court judgeship

News-DemocratFebruary 6, 2014 

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced on Thursday that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved Nancy Rosenstengel for the federal judgeship in the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois.

Her nomination will now proceed to a vote by the full Senate.

"Nancy Rosenstengel will make an exceptional judge in the Southern District. Her nomination is an historic one. Upon confirmation, Ms. Rosenstengel will be the first woman to serve as an Article III federal judge in the Southern District of Illinois," said Durbin, who is a member of the judiciary committee. "I look forward to voting to approve her nomination in the Senate soon."

Rosenstengel currently serves as the clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, a position she has held since 2009. She previously served as law clerk to Judge Patrick Murphy for 11 years. She has also worked in private practice at Sandberg, Phoenix and von Gontard in St. Louis, Mo. Rosenstengel lives in Belleville.

In order to make recommendations for the judicial vacancies in the Southern District, Durbin established a screening committee in April 2013 comprised of six Illinoisans drawn from various aspects of the legal profession. The committee was co-chaired by Louis Wood, Executive Director of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and George W. Timberlake, now retired, former chief judge of the Illinois Second Judicial Circuit.

After holding several meetings, reviewing the applications and conducting interviews, the screening committees recommended the names of several individuals for each vacancy. Durbin reviewed the screening committees' recommendations, conducted interviews of finalists and, in consultation with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, submitted the names of five individuals to the President, who made the final decisions on nominees.

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