The White House announced 13 new judicial nominees Wednesday evening, continuing President Donald Trump’s aggressive push to confirm judges to the federal bench.
The nominations include five picks for appeals courts, and eight for trial court seats, and includes a Big Law presence. All of the nominees on Wednesday’s list are also men.
Trump named Joseph Bianco, a U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of New York since 2006, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also named Michael Park, a New York-based partner at the firm Consovoy McCarthy Park, to the Second Circuit. Park, an ex-Dechert partner and former DOJ Office of Legal Counsel lawyer, clerked for Justice Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as on the Third Circuit.
The president put forth Patrick Bumatay, a California-based federal prosecutor, for a seat on the Ninth Circuit. Bumatay is currently serving as a counselor to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on criminal issues, including the opioid crisis and transnational organized crime.
Trump also nominated two people from prominent law firms to the Ninth Circuit: Daniel Collins, a Munger, Tolles & Olson partner focused on appellate matters and a former Justice Antonin Scalia clerk, and Kenneth Kiyul Lee, a partner at Jenner & Block. Lee, a former lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, also focuses on appellate litigation and internal investigations.
Three were nominated to seats in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California: Stanley Blumenfeld, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge currently assigned to the Felony Trial Court; Jeremy Rosen, an LA-based partner at Horvitz & Levy; and Mark Scarsi, managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Los Angeles office.
Two others were named to trial court in New York: Philip Halpern, managing partner of Collier, Halpern & Newberg, will be considered for the Southern District of New York, while Thomas Marcelle, a Cohoes City Court judge, was named to the Northern District.
Trump’s other district court picks include: Brian Buescher, a Kutak Rock partner, for the District of Nebraska; Magistrate Judge Clifton Corker for a seat in the Eastern District of Tennessee; and Ohio Judge Matthew McFarland for a federal judgeship in the Southern District of Ohio.