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Lauck wins Senate committee approval

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the appointment of M. Hannah Lauck as a new federal district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Lauck’s appointment now moves to the full Senate for expected confirmation, probably in May, according to University of Richmond law Prof. Carl W. Tobias, who studies federal judicial appointments.

The Judiciary Committee approved Lauck on a voice vote without opposition Thursday. Committee approval “means she’s going to be confirmed because she’s well qualified and not controversial,” Tobias said.

Lauck, currently a U.S. Magistrate Judge, was appointed to the district bench by President Barack Obama in December subject to the confirmation of the Senate. She would fill a vacancy to be created by the retirement this month of U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer.

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