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For Immediate Release

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US District Court

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Judge Jon S. Tigar and William H. Orrick, III to serve on the United States District Court.

“I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench,” President Obama said.  “They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.”

Judge Jon S. Tigar: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Judge Jon S. Tigar has been a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court since 2002.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Tigar practiced complex commercial litigation at Keker & Van Nest LLP for eight years.  He served as a public defender in San Francisco from 1993 to 1994 and was a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP from 1990 through 1992.  He began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Judge Tigar received his J.D. in 1989 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in 1984 from Williams College.

William H. Orrick, III: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
William H. Orrick, III currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., a position he has held since June 2010.  From June 2009 to June 2010, he served as counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Orrick worked at the San Francisco law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP for 25 years.  Orrick joined Coblentz as an associate in 1984 and became a partner in 1988.  He began his legal career as an attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program from 1979 to 1984.  Orrick received his J.D. cum laude in 1979 from the Boston College Law School and his B.A. cum laude in 1976 from Yale University.