Brenda Sannes, the chief of the appellate bureau for the Northern District U.S. Attorney’s Office has been recommended by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for a seat on the Northern District bench.
Schumer said he sent Sannes’ name to the White House Wednesday as his recommendation for nomination by President Barack Obama.
Sannes, 55, has worked on criminal cases involving narcotics, child exploitation and health care fraud in her more than 10 years as assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District. In addition to appellate chief, she holds the title of the Syracuse office manager.
She was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California.
If nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sannes would become the third female judge in the Northern District after Rosemary Pooler (1994) and Mae D’Agostino (2011). Pooler is now on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“It was always my goal to elevate more women to the bench,” said Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement released by his office in which he also praised Sannes as having the “skills to be a fair, insightful and well-respected judge.”
Sannes is a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate who clerked for Judge Jerome Farris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an associate at Wyman Bautzer Christensen Kuchel & Silbert in Los Angeles before becoming joining the Northern District prosecutor’s office.
If approved, Sannes would fill the opening created when Judge Norman Mordue took senior status in June 2013.