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Obama nominates 8 to serve on US District Courts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama nominated eight people Thursday to serve as United States District Judges. Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, Judge Todd E. Edelman, William F. Jung, Judge Philip R. Lammens, Judge Florence Y. Pan, Regina M. Rodriguez, Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson and Anne Rachel Traum were picked to serve on the United States District Courts.

"Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity," Obama said. "Their records are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them today."

Judge Patricia D. Barksdale: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Judge Patricia D. Barksdale has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2013. Prior to her appointment as a magistrate judge, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida from 2005 to 2013, during which she served as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2011 to 2013.

From 2004 to 2005, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Judge Barksdale worked as counsel for CSX Transportation, Inc. from 2000 to 2004 and as an associate in the Jacksonville, Florida office of McGuire Woods, LLP from 1997 to 2000. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1996 to 1997.

Judge Barksdale received her J.D. Order of the Coif and with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1996 and her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1993.

William F. Jung:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

William F. Jung is a partner at the law firm of Jung & Sisco, P.A. (formerly Black & Jung, P.A.) in Tampa, Florida, which he co-founded in 1993.

He specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Prior to starting his own firm, Jung served as an Assistant United States Attorney for six years – first in the Southern District of Florida from 1987 to 1990 and subsequently in the Middle District of Florida from 1990 to 1993.

From 1985 to 1987, he was an associate for the Tampa, Florida office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. From 1984 to 1985, he served as a law clerk to then-Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jung began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He received his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1983 and his B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1980.

Judge Philip R. Lammens:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Judge Philip R. Lammens has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2012.  Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, from 2008 to 2012, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville’s Office of General Counsel. Judge Lammens worked in the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division’s Torts Branch Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation Section from 2005 to 2006. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel F. Dubina of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2004 to 2005.

Judge Lammens began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable William Terrell Hodges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 2002 to 2004. He received his J.D. Order of the Coif and with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2002 and his B.A. with high honors from the University of Florida in 1999.