This morning, President Obama announced two more nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. North Carolina Judges Albert Diaz and James Wynn join Andre Davis, nominated April 29, 2009, and Barbara Keenan, nominated October 7 2009, in awaiting confirmation to the 15-judge circuit. Their confirmations would make a substantial dent in Fourth Circuit's the five vacancies.
Judge Diaz, 48, currently serves as a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in Charlotte. He previously practiced commerical litigation after having served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and ultimately Chief Review Officer in the Marine Corps for 25 years. Diaz would become the historically conservative court's first Latino judge.
Judge Wynn, 55, is a North Carolina Court of Appeals judge. Wynn served in the Navy before entering private practice. He was initially nominated to the Fourth Circuit in 1999 by then-President Clinton, but his nomination was scuttled by then-Senator Jesse Helms.