Late last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved President Obama’s recent appointments to fill two of the five pending or scheduled vacancies on the Northern District of Illinois bench. Sharon Coleman and Gary Feinerman now await confirmation by the full Senate.
President Obama has now nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmon Chang to fill the third of the five vacancies. Chang started his career as a Northern District of Illinois clerk for Judge Aspen and then as a Sixth Circuit clerk for Judge Ryan. Chang’s bio from Senator Durbin’s press follows:
Chang has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois since 1999, and he is currently the chief of appeals. He previously worked as an associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago, and as a judicial law clerk to Judge Marvin Aspen in the Northern District of Illinois and Judge James Ryan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He received a Star of Distinction award from the Chicago Crime Commission. He has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University law school, where he graduated with honors and served on the law review.