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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Congratulations, Judge Keenan

Yesterday, the United States Senate voted next-to unanimously (99-0) to confirm Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Keenan to the Fourth Circuit. The story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch can be found here.

Judge Keenan's confirmation brings the total number of judges on the court to 12, still three short of the authorized 15 judgeships. However, two additional nominations to the court--those of Albert Diaz and James Wynn--are awaiting Senate confirmation.

Judge Keenan is the fourth woman to be confirmed to the court and will be the third on its current roster, joining judges Diana Motz and Allyson Duncan. Karen Williams, former Chief Judge and the first woman to serve on the court, retired last year.

No word yet on when Judge Keenan will be sworn in.

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