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Barbara Milano Keenan

Barbara Keenan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 9, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Emory Widener
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
In office
1991–2010
Preceded by Charles Russell
Succeeded by Bill Mims
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 64–65)
Vienna, Austria
Alma mater Cornell University
George Washington University
University of Virginia

Barbara Milano Keenan (born 1950) is a judge on United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a former justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Early life and education

Keenan was born in Vienna, Austria, where her father, a highly decorated [2] She also earned a master of law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.[2]

Professional career

From 1974 to 1976, Keenan was an assistant commonwealth's attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, before entering private practice, first as a solo practitioner and then as partner in the firm Keenan, Ardis and Roehrenbeck.[2] In 1980, she was made a judge of the General District Court of Fairfax County, and two years later became the first woman to be elected to a Circuit Court judgeship by the Virginia General Assembly. In 1985, she was elected as one of the first ten judges of the newly created Court of Appeals of Virginia, making her the first woman to serve as a state appellate court judge in Virginia.[2] Keenan holds the distinction of being the only woman to have served on all levels of the Virginia court system.[3] In 2011, she wrote the foreword to the first volume of Jurist Prudent, the collected opinions of her former Supreme Court of Virginia colleague Sr. Justice Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr.[4]

Service on the Supreme Court of Virginia

In 1991 Keenan was elected to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, succeeding Justice Charles S. Russell.[2] Justice Keenan was reelected in 2003 to a second 12-year term on the Court.

Justice Keenan holds the distinction of being the first Virginia jurist to have served at every level of Virginia's judicial system (District, Circuit, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court). Sr. Justice Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., and Justice Leroy F. Millette, Jr., have also served at every level of the state's court system. She joins Judge G. Steven Agee of that court as the second Virginia Supreme Court Justice (and former Virginia Court of Appeals judge) to advance to the federal appellate bench in recent times.

Federal judicial service

In 2009 Justice Keenan asked to be considered for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Virginia Bar Association included her name on the list of candidates it submitted to Virginia's two senators on February 24, 2009. On June 2, 2009, Virginia's senators recommended that President Barack Obama nominate her to the Fourth Circuit.[5] On September 14, 2009, Obama formally nominated Keenan to the Fourth Circuit,[2] and the Senate Judiciary Committee backed her nomination.[6]

On February 26, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on Keenan's nomination. The Senate voted 99–0 for cloture on the nomination on March 2, 2010.[7] The Senate then voted 99–0 to confirm Keenan on March 2, 2010.[8] She received her commission on March 9, 2010.

Keenan is the first woman from Virginia on the Fourth Circuit.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Tom Jackman, Va. Judge Nominated For Appeals Court The Washington Post (September 15, 2009).
  2. ^ a b c d e f President Obama Nominates Justice Barbara Milano Keenan for United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, whitehouse.gov (September 14, 2009).
  3. ^ "Judge Milano Keenan Nominee to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals". Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr. (2011), Jurist Prudent -- The Judicial Opinions of Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., Volume 1, Salem, Virginia, USA: Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association 
  5. ^ a b Alan Cooper, Senators recommend Justice Keenan, The VLW Blog (June 2, 2009).
  6. ^ David Ingram, 4th Circuit Nominee Gets Committee Backing, The Blog of Legal Times (October 29, 2009).
  7. ^ U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 2nd Session, Vote Number 29: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan, senate.gov (March 2, 2010).
  8. ^ U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 2nd Session, Vote Number 30: Confirmation Barbara Milano Keenan, senate.gov (March 2, 2010).

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Preceded by
Charles Russell
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
1991–2010
Succeeded by
Bill Mims
Preceded by
Emory Widener
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2010–present
Incumbent
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