Cheryl Krause.
Cheryl Krause. ()

The Senate voted 93-0 on Monday to confirm Dechert partner Cheryl Krause for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Krause focuses on white-collar criminal defense and government investigations in Dechert’s Philadelphia office. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Krause with a voice vote in April and passed a June 26 procedural vote in the full Senate.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa, and Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., support Krause’s nomination to the appeals court. Krause, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2003 and leads an appellate litigation externship program there. She’s been a Dechert partner since 2006.

“She has a wealth of experience—it is relevant experience—and a terrific background,” Toomey said on the Senate floor in June. “She has been both on the prosecution side and on the defense side, so she understands both perspectives, both of which need to be understood to have a properly balanced perspective on the court.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the judiciary committee chairman, said professors from both universities where Krause taught—University of Pennsylvania Law School and Stanford Law School—wrote letters to the judiciary committee supporting her nomination.

Krause founded the Philadelphia Project, a partnership between Dechert and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities.

She is the first active partner at Dechert to be named to a circuit court, the firm said in a statement Monday.

“Cheryl will be an outstanding addition to the Third Circuit well, bringing both scholarship and a commitment to the rule of the law,” Dechert chairman Andrew Levander said. “She is an extraordinarily talented and smart lawyer who will be a great appellate judge.”

Krause reported her Dechert salary as $458,168 in 2012, and estimated $495,000 profit distribution for 2013, according to Senate nomination documents.

Krause’s appointment would fill the vacancy created when Judge Dolores Sloviter took senior status last year.

Contact Todd Ruger at truger@alm.com. On Twitter: @ToddRuger.

This post was updated at 6:12 p.m. to include the confirmation vote.