Four nominees to judgeships on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court came from the White House on Friday.
President Obama nominated Wendy Beetlestone, Mark Kearney, Joseph Leeson and Gerald Pappert to fill four of the five empty seats on the federal bench in Philadelphia.
All four come from eastern Pennsylvania law firms.
Beetlestone practices complex commercial litigation at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in both federal and state courts.
Kearney is a managing shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski in Blue Bell, Pa., where he has focused on complex commercial litigation in front of both federal and state courts.
Leeson is a partner at Leeson, Leeson & Leeson in Bethlehem, Pa., where he has practiced civil litigation. He is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Pappert is a partner at Cozen O’Connor and is the chair of the Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission. He also served as the attorney general of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2005.
In March, the Senate confirmed two new judges to the Eastern District, Gerald A. McHugh Jr. and Edward Smith, each of whom were nominated in August 2013.
Obama’s most recent nominees for the Eastern District were announced along with one other nominee, Victor Allen Bolden for the District of Connecticut.
Cheryl Ann Krause, Obama’s nominee for one of two empty seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in April to move to a full vote of the Senate.
She was nominated in February and Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law who tracks judicial nominees, estimated in April that she might get a floor vote in June or July.