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Keenan nominated to 4th Circuit

President Obama Monday nominated Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan to a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Keenan, who has served on Virginia’s high court since 1991, became the state’s first female judge when she was named to the Fairfax County General District Court bench in 1980.

In a White House news release, President Obama spoke of Keenan’s long and distinguished record of service.  “Her commitment to fairness and judicial integrity has been unwavering throughout her career, and I am honored to nominate her today to serve on the United States Court of Appeals,” he said.

If confirmed by the Senate for the 4th Circuit nomination, Keenan would follow former fellow Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee to the federal appeals bench.

In the spring of 2009, Virginia Lawyers Media announced that Justice Keenan had been voted the “Influential Woman of the Year,” an honor we humbly note was mentioned in the White House release.

By Peter Vieth

4 comments

  1. While I am sure Judge Keenan is well versed in the intricacies of state law like realty, property, insurance, torts and domestic relations, she appears to have little to no experience adjudicating maritime, copyright, immigration, RICO, federal sentencing guidelines, civil rights, federal con law or 1000s of prolix federal statutes. To Senators Warner and Webb as well as President Obama, apparently a judge is a judge. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that appointing a state court judge to the federal bench is like appointing a tennis referee to officiate baseball simply because both sports use balls.
    In any case, Jugde Keenan’s temperment, integrity and experience will be of great benefit and I wish her the best.

  2. While I am sure Judge Keenan is well versed in the intricacies of state law like realty, property, insurance, torts and domestic relations, she appears to have little to no experience adjudicating maritime, copyright, immigration, RICO, federal sentencing guidelines, civil rights, federal con law or 1000s of prolix federal statutes. To Senators Warner and Webb as well as President Obama, apparently a judge is a judge. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that appointing a state court judge to the federal bench is like appointing a tennis referee to officiate baseball simply because both sports use balls.
    In any case, Jugde Keenan’s temperment, integrity and experience will be of great benefit and I wish her the best.

  3. There could not be a better choice than Justice Keenan! Virginia’s loss of a most wonderful jurist is an amazing gain for the United States’ 4th Cir.

  4. There could not be a better choice than Justice Keenan! Virginia’s loss of a most wonderful jurist is an amazing gain for the United States’ 4th Cir.

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