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Florence Pan nominated to D.C. Circuit

Today the president announced that he’s picked someone to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Ketanji Brown-Jackson, who has been confirmed as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nominee is Florence Pan, who last year joined the federal district court in DC when Judge Brown-Jackson was elevated to the D.C. Circuit. Before serving as a district judge, Pan served as a Superior Court judge in DC, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in DC, and as an official in the Treasury Department.

Pan was confirmed to the district court by a vote of 68-30. She received the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

While at Stanford law school, Pan helped edit the law review, where one of her fellow editors was Peter Thiel. After law school, Pan clerked for district judge Michael Mukasey, who later became U.S. Attorney General, and Second Circuit Judge Ralph Winter.