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 thirty-eighth round of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 188.
United States District Court Announcements
- Judge Mustafa T. Kasubhai: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Judge Mustafa Kasubhai has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon since 2018. Previously, Judge Kasubhai served as a Circuit Court Judge in Lane County, Oregon from 2007 to 2018. Prior to his appointment to the state bench, Judge Kasubhai served on the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board from 2003 to 2007. From 1997 to 2003, Judge Kasubhai worked in three different private practice roles—as a solo practitioner, as a partner at Kasubhai & Sanchez, and as an associate at Rasmussen, Tyler & Mundorff. Judge Kasubhai received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996 and his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992.
- Judge Shanlyn A. S. Park: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Hawai’i
Judge Shanlyn Park has been a state court judge on the First Circuit Court on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, since 2021. Previously, Judge Park worked from 2017 to 2021 at the Honolulu law firms McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, L.L.P. and Gallagher Kane Amai & Reyes. From 1997 to 2017, Judge Park served as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaiʻi. Prior to her service in that office, Judge Park was in private practice at Hisaka Stone & Goto from 1996 to 1997. She served as a law clerk for Judge Francis I. Yamashita, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Hawaiʻi from 1995 to 1996. Judge Park received her J.D. from the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law in 1995 and her B.A., cum laude, from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1991.
- Jamel K. Semper: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Jamel Semper has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey since 2018. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of that Office’s Criminal Division. From 2013 to 2018 Mr. Semper served as an assistant prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and from 2008 to 2013 as an assistant prosecutor in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Semper served as a law clerk for Judge Harold Fullilove on New Jersey’s Essex County Superior Court from 2007 to 2008. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 2007 and his B.A. from Hampton University in 2003.
- Kirk E. Sherriff: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Kirk Sherriff has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California since 2002. Since 2015, he has served as Chief of the District’s Fresno office. Previously, Mr. Sherriff was an associate at the law firm White & Case L.L.P. from 1995 to 1996 and then again from 1997 to 2001. He served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz on the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Sherriff received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1995 and his B.A., cum laude, from Columbia University in 1990. Before law school, Mr. Sherriff worked as a high school teacher in public schools in Mississippi.