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David Hamilton ’83JD

He’s got 14 years on the federal bench in Indiana, a top American Bar Association rating, and the support of home-state senators from both parties—not to mention a Yale law degree. So you might expect David Hamilton ’83JD to breeze through confirmation for a seat on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But President Barack Obama’s first judicial nominee ran into some flak at his April 1 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Led by ranking Republican Arlen Specter ’56LLB, some GOP senators boycotted the hearing, complaining that it came too soon after Hamilton’s March 19 nomination. Hoosier senator Richard Lugar, a Republican, stuck by his man, calling Hamilton “superbly qualified.”

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