August 16, 2006

Jenner & Block Partner Richard J. Gray has been appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary by ABA President Karen J. Mathis.

The ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary consists of 15 members – two members from the Ninth Circuit, one member from each of the other 12 federal judicial circuits and the chair.

The committee has been evaluating the professional qualifications of all persons nominated for appointments to the federal bench, including the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts and the four territorial courts, for more than 50 years.  The standing committee’s evaluation of nominees is unique and the only nonpartisan, non-ideological peer review of the professional qualifications of prospective federal judges.  The committee evaluates only a nominee’s integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament.  Neither ideology nor politics is considered.  Once an evaluation is completed, the committee sends its report to both the Senate Judiciary Committee and to the administration.

Mr. Gray is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  He also received his undergraduate degree from Michigan.  He is a trial lawyer concentrating his practice in civil litigation.

Mr. Gray will serve a three-year term.  Members of the standing committee are limited to two three-year terms.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.