May 6, 2011 7:25 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama says he will nominate law teacher and prosecutor Stephen Higginson to 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Louisiana's U.S. senators - Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican David Vitter - both applaud the choice.
Higginson is an associate professor of law at Loyola University in New Orleans and a part-time assistant U.S. attorney who handles appeals and mentors younger attorneys.
The president says Higginson has impressive legal and academic credentials and an unwavering commitment to judicial integrity. Vitter says his intellect and work ethic are widely admired. Landrieu says he "has the balance, temperament, compassion, and intellect needed to effectively rule on the 5th Circuit."
If confirmed, Higginson will replace Judge Jacques Wiener of Shreveport, who took senior status last September.