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Obama Nominates Wallach for Federal Circuit Vacancy

By Robyn Hagan Cain on August 05, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

President Barack Obama nominated Judge Evan Jonathan Wallach to serve on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last week. Wallach has served as a judge on the United States Court of International Trade in New York since 1995. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School.

Originally from Superior, Ariz., Judge Wallach served in the Vietnam War before returning to complete his degree at the University of Arizona in 1973. He received his J.D. from University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1976, and also received an LL.B. in public international law from University of Cambridge Law School in 1981.

Wallach has legal experience in both the private and public sectors, working as a litigation associate at a Las Vegas law firm and general counsel and public policy advisor to Senator Harry Reid. Wallach also served as an attorney-advisor to the Nevada Army National Guard and an attorney-advisor in the International Affairs Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army at the Pentagon during the Persian Gulf War.

Judge Wallach has presided over more than 230 cases to verdict or judgment, addressing questions of international trade and customs law. He has also frequently sat by designation on several federal trial and appellate courts, hearing more than 80 cases on the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuits

The Senate has approved nineteen of Obama’s nominees for the Circuit Courts of Appeal. Evan Jonathan Wallach is one of eleven judges awaiting Senate confirmation for a circuit seat. President Obama has also nominated Edward DuMont, a partner at WilmerHale, to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, DuMont will be the first openly gay appellate judge in the U.S.

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