Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's (D-DC) first recommendation, in 2010, to President Obama for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Robert Wilkins, today was nominated by the President for a promotion from the district court to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit Court), widely regarded as the second most powerful court in the United States. Of the nine justices currently on the Supreme Court, four came from the D.C. Circuit Court.
"Judge Wilkins has so impressed the administration with his range of legal experience and expertise while in practice and on the district court here that the President has asked the Senate to confirm Judge Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit Court," said Norton. "We recognized Judge Wilkins as particularly well qualified for the bench when he became our first recommendation to the district court. We are especially pleased that President Obama has once again recognized his unique abilities and character and has nominated him for the D.C. Circuit Court. His strong reputation among his peers in the profession, especially for a young man, is universally high. The Senate would do the nation a great service by confirming Judge Robert Wilkins."
President Obama, like President Clinton, granted Norton senatorial courtesy to recommend federal district court judges and other federal law enforcement officials in the District. Wilkins was the first of six Norton recommendations to President Obama for vacancies on the district court, all of whom were then nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. All six currently serve on the district court.