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Executive Session

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - May 08, 2007)


Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, I support the nomination of Judge Frederick J. Kapala to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Kapala's career exemplifies a strong commitment to public service. He currently serves as an appellate judge on the Second District Appellate Court in Illinois, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to his service on the Second District Appellate Court, Judge Kapala was a circuit court judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit for Winnebago and Boone Counties for 7 years. Prior to that service, Judge Kapala was an Associate Circuit Court Judge for the same circuit for 12 years.

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976, Judge Kapala became an assistant State's attorney in Winnebago County. He made a brief foray into private practice, joining the law firm of Pedderson, Menzimer, Conde, Stoner, and Killoren in Rockford from 1977 to 1982.

Judge Kapala is a magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army on both Active and Reserve duty from 1970 to 1980.

Judge Kapala has dedicated his life and career to the public good. Whether it was his military service or his judicial service to the good people of Rockford and the counties of Winnebago and Boone, Judge Kapala has served with compassion and distinction.

I am pleased to join the Senate in confirming him to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


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