La Jollan nominated for judicial advisory panel

San Diego’s district attorney and a La Jolla lawyer and longtime adviser to Sen. Dianne Feinstein will serve on committees to recommend nominees for federal judges and U.S. attorneys and marshals to President-elect Barack Obama, it was announced Monday.

Feinstein, D-Calif., has established five-member advisory committees in each of California’s four federal districts. The panels will be responsible for carefully screening applications, interviewing applicants and recommending finalists.

“I will be using bipartisan judicial advisory committees made up of highly qualified attorneys throughout California to select nominees to recommend to the president,” Feinstein said in a statement.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will serve on Feinstein’s judicial advisory committee, and La Jolla resident attorney David S. Casey Jr. will oversee all of the committees.

Besides Dumanis, other members of Feinstein’s judicial advisory committee in the Southern District of California are:

  • David Noonan, a former president of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and the San Diego County Bar Association and the 2005 recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick Award for trial excellence and professionalism;
  • Alan Brubaker, the president-elect of the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former president of the San Diego Barristers Club, and a former vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association;
  • Nadia Bermudez, a business litigation attorney who is on the board of directors of the San Diego Women Lawyers Club and the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association;
  • and Beatrice Kemp, general counsel of the San Diego Convention Center Corp. She is a former president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and a past director of the California Association of Black Lawyers.

Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer, also D-Calif., have agreed to share
responsibility for recommending the nominees.

Boxer will announce her committees in the near future.