A federal prosecutor and a recently-appointed federal judge from South Carolina were confirmed by the U.S. Senate Aug. 16 to fill vacancies in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. District Court Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 62-28, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Julius “Jay” Richardson was confirmed by a vote of 81-8.
Quattlebaum had only just been confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in March, before being nominated for the 4th Circuit position in May. He previously served as a partner in the Greenville, South Carolina office of Nelson Mullins where he practiced complex business and civil litigation in federal court. He also previously served as president of the South Carolina Bar.
Richardson has been a federal prosecutor since 2009. He is best known for his work prosecuting white supremacist shooter Dylann Roof. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Richardson handled complex civil litigation for three years as an associate with Washington D.C. firm Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. He also previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and to Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Quattlebaum and Richardson will be just two of 15 judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based out of Richmond, Virginia. The court hears appeals cases from federal district courts in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.