Allison Jones Rushing, a Williams & Connolly partner nominated to the Fourth Circuit, fended off questions about her relatively short time as a lawyer in a confirmation hearing Wednesday, after a Republican senator raised concerns over her “life experience.”

Rushing, if confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, would be among the youngest federal judges serving on the bench. She was born in 1982, and earned her law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 2007. Rushing, who has spent most of her career at Williams & Connolly, became a partner in January 2017.