Courts & Crime

Obama nominates judges for Texas, North Carolina and other states

With time fast running out on the 113th Congress, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated four women and three men to fill seven vacant U.S. District Court positions.

Texas would gain the most, with Obama selecting three nominees for the state. They are Judge Alfred H. Bennett, currently the presiding judge for the 61st Civil District Court of Texas; Judge George C. Hanks, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate currently serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Texas; and Judge Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr., currently the presiding judge of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas.

Bennett presently holds an elected position. He, along with the other Texas nominees, won praise from the state’s two Republican senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Utah, Virginia, New York and North Carolina get one nominee each.

The North Carolina nominee is Loretta Copeland Biggs, currently a partner at Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler and a former judge on the Court of Appeals of North Carolina.

The New York nominee is Judge Joan Marie Azrack, currently a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York.

The Utah nominee is Justice Jill N. Parrish, a justice of the Utah Supreme Court since 2003.

The Virginia nominee is Elizabeth K. Dillon, a shareholder at Guynn, Memmer & Dillon.

“They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court,” Obama declared.