The President is announcing his intent to nominate four individuals to federal district courts—all 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 forty-fifth round of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 219.
The President is also announcing his intent to nominate one individual to serve as U.S. Marshal. This official will be indispensable to upholding the rule of law and was chosen for his devotion to enforcing the law, his professionalism, his experience and credentials, and his dedication to pursuing equal justice for all.
The President has now announced 27 nominees to serve as U.S. Marshals.
United States District Court Announcements
1. Judge Sanket J. Bulsara: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Judge Sanket J. Bulsara has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York since 2017. From January 2017 to May 2017, Judge Bulsara served as the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he had been the Deputy General Counsel for Appellate Litigation, Adjudication, and Enforcement since 2015. Prior to that, Judge Bulsara worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr L.L.P. as an associate from 2005 to 2008, a counsel from 2009 to 2011, and a partner from 2012 to 2015. For six months between 2007 and 2008 he served as a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office and he worked as an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson L.L.P. in Los Angeles, California from 2003 to 2004. Judge Bulsara served as a law clerk for Judge John G. Koeltl on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2003. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2002 and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1998.
2. Judge Dena Michaela Coggins: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Judge Dena Michaela Coggins is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, having served in that position since 2023 and as a Superior Court judge since 2021. Judge Coggins was previously an Administrative Law Judge with the State of California’s Office of Administrative Hearings, in the General Jurisdiction Division from 2018 to 2021 and the Special Education Division from 2015 to 2017. Between her positions as an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Coggins served as a supervising attorney and hearing officer at the State of California Victim Compensation Board from 2017 to 2018. From 2013 to 2015 she served as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for the Governor of California. Prior to her state government service, Judge Coggins worked as an associate at Downey Brand L.L.P. from 2012 to 2013 and at Morrison & Foerster L.L.P. from 2007 to 2012. Judge Coggins received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2006 and her B.S. from California State University, Sacramento in 2003.
3. Eric Schulte: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Eric Schulte has been a partner at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P. since 2006. He was previously an associate at the firm from 2000 to 2005. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Schulte served as a law clerk to the South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls. He received his J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1999 and his B.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1994.
4. Judge Camela C. Theeler: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Judge Camela Theeler has been a judge for the Second Judicial Circuit of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System since 2018. Judge Theeler previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota from 2012 to 2018. Prior to that, Judge Theeler was a partner at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. from 2008 to 2012, and an associate at the firm from 2003 to 2008. She worked as an associate at the Morgan Theeler Law Firm, L.L.P. from 2002 to 2003 and served as a law clerk for the First Judicial Circuit of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System from 2001 to 2002. She received her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2000 and her B.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1998.
United States Marshal Announcement
- Colonel John E. Richardson: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama
Colonel John E. Richardson has been Executive Assistant to the President of Alabama State University since 2017. He was previously Director of Public Safety and Colonel in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that, Col. Richardson served in the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Enforcement Division from 1988 to 2014, rising from the rank of Agent to Captain and Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division. Col. Richardson began his career in law enforcement as a Police Officer in Opelika, Alabama from 1985 to 1987.