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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. REID. Mr. President, this evening the Senate will vote on two judicial nominations: Richard Gary Taranto, of Maryland, to be U.S. circuit judge for the Federal Circuit and Andrew Patrick Gordon, of Nevada, to be U.S. district judge for the District of Nevada.

Andrew Gordon, of Las Vegas, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1987 after receiving his bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College in southern California--the so-called Harvard of the West. He is a partner with the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson, where he began practicing many years ago and is now a partner in that law firm. As a member of that firm, he handles complex commercial disputes. He focused on alternative conflict resolution and regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He also performs a variety of pro bono work, including handling adoption proceedings. For example, he represented an inmate on death row in a habeas corpus proceeding.

He has consistently been named as one of the best lawyers in America. I had the good fortune to practice law at the same time his father Hank practiced law in Las Vegas. Hank was a well-known lawyer in Las Vegas.

There is no doubt in my mind that Andy Gordon will serve the court well and be one of Nevada's great judges. I am looking forward to his confirmation.

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