Gilliam Confirmed to NorCal Bench

[UPDATED] The U.S. Senate has confirmed former federal prosecutor Haywood S. Gilliam as a judge on the Northern District of California.

The Senate confirmation came on a voice vote Tuesday.

Gilliam, 45, has been a partner at Covington & Burling since 2009 and vice-chair of the firm’s white collar defense and internal investigations practice.

He also served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco from 1999 to 2006 and was chief of the Securities Fraud Section for his final year in the office.  He left to join Bingham McCutchen, where he remained for three years.

Gilliam will take the seat of Chief Judge Claudia Wilken who announced she assumed senior status today. Senior status is a form of semi-retirement, in which a judge may continue to take a reduced caseload.

Gilliam received his law degree from StanfordLawSchool in 1994 and his undergraduate degree from YaleUniversity.  He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson from 1994 to 1995.


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