U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve San Francisco attorney William Orrick as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California. Senator Boxer recommended Orrick to the White House after a thorough review process by a bipartisan advisory committee.
The Northern District has been designated as a judicial emergency district by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts because of the backlog of cases and shortage of federal judges.
"William Orrick is an outstanding attorney whose decades of experience are needed to help address the heavy caseload in the Northern District," Senator Boxer said. "I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly confirm him so he can begin serving the people of Northern California."
Orrick was first nominated by President Obama last June and approved by the Judiciary Committee in August, but Senate Republicans blocked consideration of his nomination. He was renominated by the President in January.
Since 2009, Orrick has served as a Counsel and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before 2009, Orrick spent 25 years as a litigator at the San Francisco law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass. He also spent five years providing pro bono legal services for low-income clients in Georgia. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and earned his law degree from the Boston College Law School.
The Northern District of California stretches from the Monterey Coast in the south to California's northern border with Oregon and from the Pacific Ocean in the west almost to Sacramento County in the east. More than 7.3 million people live in the district, which includes San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.