Two nominees for the federal bench in Nevada and eastern Washington both have criminal defense backgrounds. On January 16, President Obama nominated Richard F. Boulware, II, an assistant federal public defender in Las Vegas to serve as a federal district judge there.
The President also nominated to the Eastern District of Washington, Salvador Mendoza, Jr., currently a judge on Washington Superior Court who had a private criminal defense practice before joining the state bench.
Mendoza has been a judge for Benton and Franklin counties since 2013. Prior to that he was a solo practitioner focused on criminal defense since 1999. He also worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney from 1998 to 1999 and an assistant attorney general in the Washington state Office of Attorney General between 1997 and 1998. He received his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1997.
Boulware has been in the federal public defender’s office for the District of Nevada since 2007. He served as lead attorney in complex white-collar cases since 2010. He was previously a trial attorney at the Federal Defenders of New York from 2003 to 2007.
He received his law degree from ColumbiaLawSchool in 2002. He also worked as law clerk for Judge Scott O. Wright in Missouri from 1997-1999.