Bush Names North Carolina Judge To Appeals Court

President Bush has nominated a federal judge in North Carolina for the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

Bush yesterday recommended U-S District Judge Robert J. Conrad
Junior for the court that serves the Carolinas, the Virginias and

The nomination must be approved by the Senate.

Bush named Conrad a U-S attorney in the Western District of North Carolina in 2001. Conrad has been a judge there since 2005 and was named chief judge last year.

North Carolina has only one judge on the 15-member member appeals court. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr say they will work to get Conrad confirmed.

Conrad was earlier a partner of the law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe
and Maw and also worked for the Justice Department's campaign
finance task force.