The President is announcing his intent to nominate two individuals to federal district courts—both of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.
These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country—both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds.
This will be President Biden’s fortieth round of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 193.
The President is also announcing his intent to nominate two new nominees to serve as U.S. Attorney and two new nominees to serve as U.S. Marshal. These are officials who will be indispensable to upholding the rule of law as top federal law enforcement officials.
These individuals were chosen for their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice.
The President has now announced 74 nominees to serve as U.S. Attorneys and 24 nominees to serve as U.S. Marshals.
The President is also announcing his intent to re-nominate two experienced and qualified Commissioners of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan independent agency created during the Reagan Administration. The Commission was created to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in criminal sentencing.
The Commission lacked a quorum and was prevented from doing critical business from 2019 until 2022, when the President first nominated a bipartisan slate of seven Commissioners. If confirmed again, these two U.S. Sentencing Commission members would continue serving with the President’s other five bipartisan nominees whose terms have not expired.
United States District Court Announcements
- Sara E. Hill: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Sara E. Hill served as Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation from 2019 to 2023. She is currently a lawyer in private practice. Ms. Hill previously served the Cherokee Nation as Secretary of Natural Resources from 2015 to 2019, Deputy Attorney General from 2014 to 2015, and an Assistant Attorney General from 2004 to 2014. From 2014 to 2015, she served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Ms. Hill received her J.D. from the University of Tulsa in 2003 and her B.A., cum laude, from Northeastern State University in 2000.
- John D. Russell: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
John D. Russell has been a shareholder at the Oklahoma law firm GableGotwals since 2015. Previously, Mr. Russell was in private practice at Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens from 2002 to 2014. From 1995 to 2002 he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma and from 1991 to 1993 he was a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Russell was an associate at Bracewell & Patterson in Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 1991. He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1988 and his B.S. from Oklahoma State University in 1985.
United States Attorney Announcements
- Judge Johnny C. Gogo: Nominee for United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
Judge Johnny C. Gogo is a Judge with the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located in San Jose, California where he has served since 2019. Previously, Judge Gogo served as a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2019 and from 1999 to 2000. From 2000 to 2001, he was an associate attorney at Calvo and Clark, LLP in Tamuning, Guam and from 1997 to 1999, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the prosecution division of the Guam Attorney General’s Office. Judge Gogo received his J.D., cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1991.
- Joshua S. Levy: Nominee for United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
Joshua S. Levy has served as Acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts since May 19, 2023, after serving as First Assistant U.S. Attorney in that district since January 2022. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray from 2004 to 2021 and an associate at the firm from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Levy was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Mr. Levy served as a law clerk for Judge Harold H. Greene on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1987.
United States Marshal Announcements
- Clinton J. Fuchs: Nominee for United States Marshal for the District of Maryland
Clinton Fuchs has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland since 2008. From 2014 to 2015, he was detailed to serve on the staff of Senator Patrick Leahy on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, Fuchs was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in 2008. He served as a law clerk for Judge William D. Quarles Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland from 2005 to 2006 and Judge Richard J. Leon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2007. Fuchs received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2005 and his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1998. He served as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps between college and law school.
- David L. Lemmon II: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia
David Lemmon has been Dean of Professional and Technical Studies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College since 2021. Previously, Lemmon served in the West Virginia State Police from 1992 to 2019, rising from the rank of trooper to major. He received his Doctorate of Education from Marshall University Graduate School in 2019, his M.A. from Marshall University Graduate School in 2008, his R.B.A. from West Virginia State University in 2006, and his A.D. from Marshall University in 1993.
United States Sentencing Commission Announcements
- Judge Claria Horn Boom: Nominee for Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission
Judge Claria Horn Boom has served as a Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission since 2022 and a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky since 2018. Judge Boom was previously a partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC. Judge Boom served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2002 and for the Western District of Kentucky from 1998 to 2002. From 1995 to 1998, Judge Boom was as an associate at King & Spalding LLP. Judge Boom served as a law clerk for Judge Pierce Lively on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1994 to 1995. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994 and her B.A. from Transylvania University, summa cum laude, in 1991.
- Judge John Gleeson: Nominee for Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission
Judge John Gleeson has served as a Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission since 2022 and is a partner at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP in New York, where he has practiced since 2016. From 1994 to 2016, Judge Gleeson served as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. From 1985 to 1994, Judge Gleeson served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Gleeson served as a law clerk for Judge Boyce Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 and his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1975.