Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building 226, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce Randolph Moss at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as recommended to President Obama by the Congresswoman. Moss is currently a partner at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Wilmer Hale), where he chairs the firm's Regulatory and Government Affairs Department.
"Randolph Moss's brilliance as a lawyer in the public and private sector, and his professional reputation, should make his confirmation a sure thing, and will make him a very able addition to our distinguished bench," said Norton.
Before rejoining Wilmer Hale in 2001, Moss worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, for five years, and was ultimately appointed by President Clinton, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel. Moss began his legal career clerking for Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court, and Judge Pierre Leval, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Moss is a graduate of Hamilton College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the law review.
President Obama, like President Clinton, granted Norton senatorial courtesy to recommend candidates for federal district court judges and other important federal law enforcement officials in the District. The Congresswoman recommended Moss from a number of candidates screened by her Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission, chaired by Pauline Schneider, a special counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP and a former president of the D.C. Bar. President Obama has nominated and the Senate has confirmed seven of Norton's other recommendations for district court judges -- Ketanji Brown Jackson, Amy Berman Jackson, James E. Boasberg, Rudolph Contreras, Beryl A. Howell, Robert L. Wilkins, and Casey Cooper. Wilkins now serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Another Norton recommendation, Tanya Chutkan, is pending before the Senate and is expected to be confirmed.