Crowe & Dunlevy Director Takes First Step in Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on the Judiciary met today to listen to the testimony of judicial nominee Jerome Holmes, a Director of Crowe & Dunlevy, who was recently nominated by President Bush to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver.

Often controversial, the Senate confirmation hearings include testimony of the nominee, approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee and final confirmation by the full Senate. Mr. Holmes will be questioned by the committee regarding a wide range of topics related to the qualifications of the job, as well as his views on divisive political issues. The panel of witnesses included Thad Cochran (R-MS), Trent Lott (R-MS), and James Inhofe (ROK), as well as Representative Luis Fortuno (R-PR).

If confirmed, Holmes will be the first African-American member of the Denver-based federal appeals court.

“I am humbled by the confidence the President has shown in me,” Holmes said. “And I am prepared for the next challenge in the confirmation process.”

Holmes, 44, specializes in white collar criminal defense cases and corporate criminal and civil enforcement issues. His previous experience includes more than ten years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma City, including two years as the Anti-Terrorism Coordinator (2003-2005). He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Wake Forest University.

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