Judge David F. Hamilton has been selected by President Obama to fill the vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Hamilton, formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is the first appellate court appointment made by President Obama. The White House is planning to announce a several additional candidates over the next few weeks to fill some of the 17 vacancies on the appeals courts, which are just below the level of the Supreme Court.
Of course, we’ll be looking forward to reporting on his treatment of intellectual property cases.
Judge Hamilton took over as Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Jan. 1, 2008. Which means there is now an opening in that court for Chief Judge…I’ll update as I learn more.