President Obama has nominated Arkansas Appeals Court Judge Price Marshall for a federal district court judgeship. Judge Bill Wilson is taking senior status.
News release from Sens. Lincoln and Pryor on the jump. Chip Welch and Mariam Hopkins also had been suggested as potential nominees.
Marshall was considered a lock for this judgeship and essentially the candidate of Lincoln -- an eastern Arkansas nominee from Jonesboro by the senator from East Arkansas.
The continuing intrigue concerns two more judgeships, one to succeed Judge Jim Moody of Little Rock and one to succeed Judge Harry Barnes of Camden. Slates of three names have been submitted for each by the senators (including the wife of Pryor's chief of staff for Moody's seat), but we've had word lately that more names are being suggested because of the scarcity of black candidates on the list. The original list of nine nominees for the three judgeships from Pryor and Lincoln had no black candidates. One black candidate was added to the list for the Barnes judgeship after one of the original candidates died.
Marshall was among three nominations Obama announced today. He's been criticized for the slow pace of his judicial nominations.
Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor are proud to announce that Judge Denzil Price Marshall Jr. will be nominated by President Obama for the U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Judge Marshall has served as a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals since 2006. Before joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Marshall practiced law in Jonesboro for 15 years and was a principal with the firm of Barrett and Deacon.
In March, Senators Lincoln and Pryor sent letters to President Obama recommending nine individuals – including Judge Marshall -- for three of Arkansas’s federal district court vacancies. The vacancy for the U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas was created by the Honorable William R. Wilson assuming senior status.
“The Eastern District of Arkansas will be well served by a District Judge with the experience and sensibilities of Judge Marshall,” Senator Lincoln said “His service to the state of Arkansas throughout his legal career has distinguished Judge Marshall as an outstanding appellate advocate and a wonderful candidate for the U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District. His involvement in legal organizations, pro bono work and engagement in civic activities also speak to his dedication to serving Arkansans. I was pleased to recommend Judge Marshall and I am proud the President has nominated him for this position. I look forward to informing my colleagues of Judge Marshall’s qualifications as his confirmation process moves forward.”
“Judge Marshall represents the best of our legal system. As a member of Arkansas Court of Appeals, he consistently exhibits the proper judicial temperament and the ability to be fair and impartial, and is well-respected in Arkansas’ legal circles. I commend the Administration on this strong pick, and I am proud to introduce Judge Marshall to my Senate colleagues and help shepherd his nomination through the confirmation process.”
From 1989-1991, Judge Marshall clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Richard S. Arnold. Since 2004, Marshall has also served as Reporter for the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice. Judge Marshall received his B.A. in 1985 from Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, where he currently serves as adjunct faculty teaching political science. He earned his M.S. in 1986 from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his J.D. in 1989 from Harvard Law School.
Once nominated by the President, the candidate for a federal judgeship must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the Senate.