By a voice vote, the U.S. Senate today confirmed federal prosecutor Terrence G. Berg as a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan, according to media reports. Berg’s nomination was approved along with that of Mark E. Walker, who was unanimously approved in a roll-call vote for a judgeship in Florida.
The Senate Judiciary Committee likewise reported on its website that it had advanced the nominations of Katherine Polk Failla and Pamela Ki Mai Chen for federal judgeships in New York. Failla, a prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, has been nominated for a seat on the bench in the Southern District while Chen, a long-time prosecutor in Brooklyn, has been nominated to be a judge in the Eastern District.
Berg’s nomination was advanced by roll call by the Judiciary Committee in September. He served earlier this year in the Justice Department’s unit for the review of professional misconduct and examined the botched case against the late Senator Ted Stevens. Berg had previously served as acting U.S. Attorney in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Chen heads the civil rights section in the EDNY. She was praised during confirmation hearings as having the “perfect temperament” for the nomination and pledged to be non-partisan in her rulings. She would also be only the fifth openly gay member of the federal bench.
Failla testified about her nomination at the same hearing and likewise pledged to be impartial.