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Justice Keenan for Fourth Circuit

President Obama has nominated Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, CQ’s Legal Beat reports.  Justice Keenan, who had been pushed by both of Virginia’s Senators, is only the second Obama appellate nominee who is not a sitting district court judge, though she obviously has judicial experience.  Indeed, Jsutice Keenan is apparently one of only two judges to have served in every level of Virginia’s judiciary.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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