President Obama Nominates Jack McConnell to the US District Court

President Barack Obama yesterday officially nominated Jack McConnell to be a U.S. District Court Judge in the District of Rhode Island.

Today, President Obama nominated Judge Catherine Eagles, Judge Kimberly Mueller and John J. McConnell, Jr. to the United States District Court.  Judge Eagles is a nominee for the Middle District of North Carolina, Judge Mueller is a nominee for the Eastern District of California and McConnell is a nominee for the District of Rhode Island.

“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.”

John J. McConnell, Jr.:  Nominee for the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
Jack McConnell is the managing partner of the Providence, Rhode Island office of Motley Rice LLC, where he directs the environmental practice group.  He received his A.B. from Brown University in 1980 and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983.  After law school, McConnell clerked for The Honorable Donald Shea of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  After his clerkships, McConnell spent two years in private practice at the Providence firm of Mandell, Goodman, Famiglietti & Schwartz.  In 1986, he joined the firm that is now Motley Rice LLC.  McConnell is Chairman of the Board for the Trinity Repertory Company, Vice-Chair for Crossroads Rhode Island, and Chair of the Providence Tourism Council.

This is a great nomination.  As I previously reported, McConnell’s nomination has widespread support.  Letters of support have come from every direction in support of McConnell – including significant amounts of business and Republican leaders:

  • David Whalen, CEO of A.T. Cross
  • Scot Jones, CEO of Groov-Pin
  • Merrill Sherman, BankRI
  • Howard Sutton, Publisher of the Providence Journal
  • Adam Hamblett, Cox Communications
  • John Palumbo, RI Monthly
  • Jon Duffy, Duffy & Shanley
  • Sally Lapides, Owner of Residential Properties
  • Donna Brady, Citizen’s Bank
  • Edye Demarco, Merrill Lynch
  • Juana Horton, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Anne Nolan, CEO of Crossroads
  • Republican Mayor of Warwick Scott Avedisian
  • Former Republican Attorney General Jeff Pine
  • Former Republican Party Vice-Chair John Harpootian
  • Former RI Supreme Court Chief Justice Jospeh Weisberger
  • RI Superior Court Justices Netti Vogel and Frank Darigan
  • Barbara Hurst, RI Public Defender’s Office
  • Roger Williams University School of Law Dean David Logan
  • Representatives from both sides of the Tobacco lawsuit: Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Tobacco Company lawyer Meyer Koplow
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