A Williams & Connolly litigation partner was confirmed Tuesday to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where she’ll become one of the youngest federal appeals judges appointed by President Donald Trump.

Allison Jones Rushing, who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas from 2010-2011, was confirmed in a vote of 53-44 to a seat on the Richmond, Virginia-based Fourth Circuit. The North Carolina native was a 2007 graduate of Duke University School of Law. Rushing succeeds Allyson Duncan of North Carolina, who was the Fourth Circuit’s first African-American female judge.

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