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Senate Confirms New Judge for U.S. District Court for Nevada

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From the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit:

The United States Senate today confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Richard Franklin Boulware, II, an assistant federal public defender working in Las Vegas, to serve as a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Confirmation came by a vote of 58-35.

Mr. Boulware, 45, will fill a judgeship vacant since December 31, 2011, when District Judge Philip M. Pro assumed senior status. He will maintain chambers in Las Vegas.

A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Mr. Boulware joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada in 2007 as a research and writing attorney. He has been the lead attorney handling complex white-collar cases since 2010. He previously served as a trial attorney at the Federal Defenders of New York from 2003 to 2007, and worked at Covington & Burling in New York in 2003 and from 2000-2002, intermittently.

Mr. Boulware received his A.B. in 1993 from Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2002. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2003.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada had 3,485 new case filings in fiscal year 2013.

The court is authorized seven judgeships and currently has all its judgeships filled.

Appointed under Article III of the Constitution, federal district court judges are nominated by the president, confirmed by the Senate and serve lifetime appointments upon good behavior.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Richard Boulware to be the first African American man to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court in Nevada:
“Today,  the Senate confirmed Richard Boulware to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Richard Boulware is an intelligent and talented lawyer from Las Vegas. He has impeccable credentials, and is an incredibly worthy candidate for confirmation.

“After growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Boulware attended Harvard University as an undergraduate. He received his law degree from Columbia, where he was on the Columbia Law Review. Following graduation, Richard worked at Covington & Burling in New York, and also as a federal defender.

“Since 2007, Richard Boulware has worked as a federal public defender in Nevada. Now, Richard Boulware will become the first African-American man to serve on the U.S. District Court in Nevada. I have been impressed with Mr. Boulware’s dedication to the state of Nevada and the American justice system. He has proven himself to be a distinguished public servant.

“I have no doubt Richard Boulware will be a valuable addition to the United States District Court.”

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) praised the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Richard Franklin Boulware II to the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

“I am pleased with the U.S. Senate’s confirmation today and I look forward to having Richard as a federal judge in Nevada,” Horsford said. “He brings a decade of experience and is the ideal candidate for the bench. He is driven by a dedication to justice and is the best person for the job.”

Senator Dean Heller spoke about the confirmation Tuesday on the Senate floor:

Thank you, Mister President,

Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to address the unsettling events that occurred yesterday when two members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and an innocent civilian were victims of a terrible act of violence. While words offer little comfort at this difficult time, I would like to express my condolences to the victims’ families. The Las Vegas community is grateful to these police officers for their service, and joins their families in mourning their loss.  I would also like to thank the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department who sprung to action following the tragic events, even after losing members of the law enforcement community.

I rise today to speak in favor of a fellow Nevadan’s nomination that is currently pending before this body today, and that is Richard Boulware, nominee for U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada. 

One of the most important and unique responsibilities we hold as members of the United States Senate is to provide for the advice and consent of the President’s judicial nominations and subsequent confirmations. 

I believe each judicial nominee which comes before this body must not only be qualified, but also must demonstrate fairness and commitment to upholding the Constitution and the laws of the United States. 

In Nevada, it is critical for us to work together to find qualified candidates who will uphold America’s principles of impartiality under law. 

Richard Boulware is an excellent example of an accomplished nominee who should be confirmed on a bipartisan basis. I believe Mr. Boulware embodies the characteristics of a nominee who is prepared to serve, and that he will make an excellent District Court judge for the State of Nevada. 

After sitting down with him and discussing his nomination at length, I found him to be an extremely impressive nominee.  A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Boulware went on to earn his law degree from Columbia University.  He currently serves as Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada in Las Vegas. 

He also has extensive experience arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  This trial experience, coupled with his impressive academic accomplishments while clerking for the U.S. District Courts, will serve him well on the bench.  

Outside of his professional duties, he currently serves his local school system as a member of the Superintendent’s Educational Opportunities Advisory Committee.    

I am glad to see the Senate moving forward with this nomination and look forward to voting tomorrow to confirm Mr. Boulware’s nomination to the federal bench in Nevada.       

With that Mister President, I yield the floor.

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