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Mr. BURRIS. I thank the Senator from Vermont, the chairman. I thank him for the wonderful job he has done trying to move our judges along. I agree with the Senator, the fact we have to go to a vote on this distinguished nominee; it should be done by unanimous consent, and we should not have had to take up this time. But if that is the will of the body, then so be it.
Mr. President, I rise this evening in strong support of Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, a proud resident of my home State of Illinois and of course a fellow Chicago south-sider. We are very proud of which side she comes from in Chicago, west side or south side. Few appear from the north side. We don't have a deal with the east side because that is Lake Michigan. We are proud of that.
She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and she has served as an assistant State's attorney, deputy State's attorney, and assistant U.S. attorney. She quickly proved she knew her way around the courtroom and could be very successful in the cases she tried.
From 1996 to 2008, she served as a circuit court judge in Cook County. She displayed a thorough understanding of the law and a fair temperament that marked her as a model jurist.
She was assigned to the Child Protective Division for 2 1/2 years and was a jury trial judge in the law division for almost a decade.
In 2008, Judge Coleman was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court. She has served there ever since and is doing a tremendous job in her deliberations.
I am proud to support her nomination to become a district judge for the Northern District of Illinois. We are short of judges in that district. The caseloads are heavy, and we can stand to have a few more of those nominees confirmed by this body.
Judge Coleman is an excellent jurist, and I place my full confidence in her as President Obama's nominee for this post. She has been supported by all of our bar associations. She has won numerous awards and received recognition in her career. She has been a tremendous member of the bar and of the judiciary.
I am asking my colleagues to join me in supporting her in this confirmation. I agree with my chairman. These judges should be confirmed so we can move on with some other important business of this body.
Mr. President, I yield the floor.
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