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