Let’s just say the difference in clerkships makes these very interesting nominees to be in the same group.
I am actually very happy that Trump would nominate some (politically) diverse people to Judgeships, that is a good thing. The courts should not be stacked solely with monoliths of either side.
And I would point out that Obama did the same thing, appointing some very conservative nominees to district Judgeships.
Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Kathryn Mizelle is an attorney at Jones Day, where her practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation and appeals. Ms. Mizelle previously served at the Department of Justice as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General, a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Mizelle also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Mizelle served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Gregory G. Katsas of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Chief Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge James S. Moody, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Mizelle earned her B.A., summa cum laude , from Covenant College, and her J.D., summa cum laude , from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Florida Law Review .
Benjamin J. Beaton, of Kentucky, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Benjamin Beaton is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s Appellate & Supreme Court practice group. Mr. Beaton’s represents clients engaged in complex commercial litigation in Federal and State courts, and before administrative agencies. Mr. Beaton also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he teaches constitutional interpretation. Before joining Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Beaton practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin, LLP, and also served as a legal fellow with the International Justice Mission in Kampala, Uganda. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Beaton served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court, and to Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Beaton earned his B.A., summa cum laude , from Centre College, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review .