|Updated: 11/02/2011 7:34 pm
||Published: 11/02/2011 7:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated a Little Rock lawyer to a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
The White House announced Wednesday that Kristine Baker was nominated for the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge James M. Moody, who is assuming senior status. Baker is a partner at the Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow law firm in Little Rock and specializes in commercial, employment and First Amendment litigation.
Baker's nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, and she was praised by both of Arkansas' senators. Republican Sen. John Boozman said he believed she will be a "good fit" for the judgeship. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor said she has "all the right tools to be a great judge."
Baker is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School.
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