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Former Duke instructor nominated for federal appellate judgeship

Posted February 7, 2013

— President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Todd Hughes, a Duke University graduate and former instructor, to an opening on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Hughes is deputy director of the Commercial Litigation Branch in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. He has worked with the Commercial Litigation Branch since 1994, focusing on federal personnel law, veterans’ benefits, international trade, government contracts and jurisdictional issues regarding the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard and received both a law degree and master's degree from Duke in 1992. He later served as an adjunct lecturer in law with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and as an instructor for Duke’s writing program.

If confirmed, Hughes would become the first openly gay federal appeals judge.

The Washington-based Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears cases dealing with patents and trademarks, international trade, veterans benefits and federal employment claims, among others.

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  • elcid liked Ike Feb 7, 5:50 p.m.

    Boyle is 67 already, and there is no way that he'll be nominated by a Democratic administration. Dems (still) hate him for being a Jesse Helms disciple. He'd be 72 by the time he could possibly be nominated and confirmed, and even that would require a nasty floor fight and supermajority. It just isn't going to happen for him, sorry.

  • lsdhome Feb 7, 3:07 p.m.

    It's time to promote Judge Terence Boyle!!!

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 7, 3:06 p.m.

    Here comes more of obama's liberal agenda.

  • meeper Feb 7, 2:57 p.m.

    Just what we need. Another ultra liberal judge appointed by Dear Leader.