The American Bar Association has found U.S. District Judge Justin Walker is “well qualified” for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after previously determining he is “not qualified” for his district court judgeship.

Walker, a former clerk for then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit, received the poorer rating last year for the Western District of Kentucky judgeship over his lack of trial experience. But on Tuesday, the majority of the ABA’s standing committee on the federal judiciary said its rating of Walker has changed because its “consideration for court of appeals nominations is focused differently.”

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