Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bush Appoints St. Thomas Professor To Federal Court

Earlier this year, Sen. Coleman gave President Bush a list of several candidates for position within the Federal Court. One of those names was Patrick Schiltz, a founding dean of the St. Thomas Law School.

Schiltz, a Harvard Law School graduate, was a partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis when he and his wife, Elizabeth, left the firm to teach at Notre Dame Law School in 1995. They moved back to Minnesota in 2000, and he became a founding associate dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. (Source: Star Tribune, Dec. 15, 2005)

DFL Chair Brian Melendez thinks Schiltz is a smart pick.

"He's one of the smartest people I know. That's why I'm comfortable with him as a judge because I don't think he'll bring a personal agenda to the bench," said Melendez, treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association. (Source: Star Tribune, Dec. 15, 2005)

No word yet on where his confirmation hearing(s) will take place.


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