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Three nominees for federal appellate judgeships have hardly been living hand-to-mouth, and one who’s married to a Big Law partner has a net worth of $4.5 million, according to newly released disclosure reports. Nominees for the federal bench must submit detailed reports on their finances, listing sources of income, assets, liabilities and other information. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the reports of three recent nominees: prosecutor Raymond Lohier Jr. for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, law professor Scott Matheson Jr. for the 10th Circuit and U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley for the Federal Circuit. As is often true of federal judicial nominees, each of the three reported a household net worth in the seven figures. O’Malley, who sits in the Northern District of Ohio, reported $6.9 million in assets and $2.4 million in liabilities, most of it mortgage debt, for a net worth of $4.5 million. She is married to George Pappas, a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling, and their assets include three residences. The report lists $1.4 million in Pappas’ Covington capital account. O’Malley, who often teaches patent law, has been a district court judge since 1994 and previously worked for the Ohio attorney general. She was a partner for one year at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Cleveland. Lohier, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, is chief of the securities fraud task force and has worked on the prosecutions of New York lawyer Marc Dreier and Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Lohier reported assets of just over $1.9 million and liabilities of $470,000, for a net worth of $1.5 million. His wife, Donna Hae Kyun Lee, is a law professor at the City University of New York. Matheson, a law professor and former dean at the University of Utah, was the only one of the three to report outside, non-investment income. He received a $10,000 prize for a 2009 book on executive power, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times, and he reported that he expects royalties from the book, with an initial payment of $1,965.41 in late March. Matheson reported assets of $1.9 million and no liabilities. President Barack Obama nominated each of the three in March. No confirmation hearings have been scheduled.

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