June 5, 2013 in Nation/World

Profiles of those put forward

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President Obama speaks at the White House on Tuesday where he nominated, from left, Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard and Patricia Ann Millet to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose three well-regarded lawyers to fill three open seats on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals: U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins, Georgetown law professor Cornelia Pillard and Supreme Court litigator Patricia Millett.

• Wilkins, 50, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989, two years before Obama. In 1992, he was the lead plaintiff in a “racial profiling” suit against the Maryland state police that ended with a landmark settlement. Obama nominated him to be a federal district judge, and he was confirmed in 2010.

• Millett, 49, is an appellate specialist who has argued 32 cases in the Supreme Court, the second-highest total among female lawyers. In many of them she was representing the Justice Department as an assistant U.S. solicitor general.

• Pillard, 52, also worked as an assistant U.S. solicitor general at the Justice Department and spent five years as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. As a member of the Georgetown faculty, she defended the constitutionality of the Family and Medical Leave Act against a challenge brought by state officials.

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