Leslie Caldwell, during her confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee
Leslie Caldwell, during her confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ NLJ)

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Caldwell, co-chairwoman of the corporate investigations and white-collar practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, sailed through the committee on a voice vote. The vote followed a confirmation hearing in February when the committee members expressed no opposition to her heading the more than 600-lawyer Criminal Division.

At that hearing, Caldwell said she would apply criminal laws with equal force “whether the wrongdoing occurs in a boardroom, across a computer network or on a street corner.”

Caldwell’s nomination now heads to the full Senate. No final confirmation vote has been set. Lanny Breuer returned to Covington & Burling in March 2013 after leading the Criminal Division for more than four years. Recently, Mythili Raman, the acting leader of the division, announced her intent to leave the Justice Department.

The committee also used a voice vote to approve the nominations of Robin Rosenbaum to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Mark Mastroianni to be a judge in the District of Massachusetts. The committee voted, 16-2, to advance the nomination of Bruce Hendricks to be a judge in the District of South Carolina.