A native of Las Vegas, Bybee would fill a void created by former Chief Judge Procter Hug Jr., who took senior status early this year.

“Professor Jay Bybee has embodied the best in public service, legal aptitude and is admired throughout the field as a leader. He has a brilliant legal mind and will be a valued addition to the 9th Circuit,” said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., after the announcement was made.

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