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CHICAGO — U.S. District Judge Mark R. Filip has been tapped by Attorney General Michael Mukasey to serve as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department. Filip, who is currently a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois, will take the post of deputy attorney general if he is appointed by the U.S. Senate, said Chief Judge James Holderman, who heads the federal court in Chicago. Filip was appointed to the bench in 2003 and plans to remain on the court until he receives confirmation, Holderman said. Staff in Filip’s chambers declined to comment, referring all inquires to the White House press office. The White House press office didn’t immediately have a comment. Filip, who graduated from Harvard law school in 1992, worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the office’s criminal division in Chicago for nearly five years and later joined the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, according to a University of Chicago Law School Web site that lists him as a lecturer. At Skadden, he was a partner and his practice included on commercial litigation, corporate internal probes and criminal defense issues, the site said. Filip was a clerk for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1992 to1993 and later for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from 1993 to 1994, according to a 2006 review of federal judges by the Chicago Council of Lawyers. In the council’s review, based on surveys with about 1,000 practicing attorneys in Chicago, Filip was rated above average in almost every category. “He has an even-tempered demeanor while maintaining good control over his courtroom and his docket,” the review said, noting that Filip had only been on the bench two years when the surveys were conducted. “His judicial temperament is described as ‘unflappable,’ ‘approachable,’ and ‘professional and easy-going.’ His integrity is unquestioned.”

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