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Norton District Court Recommendation, Casey Cooper, Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

Jan 16, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Christopher “Casey” Cooper’s nomination was unanimously approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Cooper, whose nomination was recommended to President Obama by Norton, is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate.

“Casey Cooper’s outstanding background and broad criminal and civil experience should make his confirmation a sure thing,” said Norton. “I have every confidence that he will continue along the path of excellence that has characterized his entire career.”

Cooper, an African American, is a graduate of Yale College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction and served as president of the law review.  He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.  After his clerkship, he served as Special Assistant to then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick for two years.  When he left the Department of Justice, he joined the law firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P. (later merged into the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P.), where he served as an associate and partner from 1996 to 2012.  After practicing in D.C. for his entire career, Cooper moved with his family to London, where he joined Baker Botts’ London office.  In 2012, he became a partner at Covington & Burling in its London office, and has since moved back to the firm’s D.C. office.

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 Cooper 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 all six of Norton’s other recommendations for district court judges – Ketanji Brown Jackson, Amy Berman Jackson, James E. Boasberg, Rudolph Contreras, Beryl A. Howell and Robert L. Wilkins, who was recently elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Published: January 16, 2014