President Jimmy Carter nominated Judith Nelsen Keep to the United States District Courtroom for the Southern District of California on Might 9, 1980. She grew to become the first lady to function a federal decide in San Diego. From 1991 to 1998 Keep served as chief decide of San Diego’s federal court docket.

From The San Diego Union, Saturday, Might 10, 1980:

Carter Faucets Judith Keep For U.S. District Bench

San Diego Municipal Courtroom Choose Judith Nelsen Keep was nominated by President Carter yesterday to be a U.S. district decide for the Southern District of California.

Keep, 36, a Municipal Courtroom decide since 1976, was advisable for the federal bench in November by Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., when his earlier nominee, Superior Courtroom Choose Artemis Henderson, requested to be withdrawn. Henderson had develop into the focus of publicity when it was discovered she had been sued 10 occasions in Small claims court docket for failure to pay payments.

Keep obtained phrase of her nomination, with blended feelings yesterday, for she was attending funeral providers for her stepfather and mentor, E. Stanley Conant, who was government director of Defenders Inc.

“I want Stan had identified about this,” she mentioned, “He was conscious that Sen. Cranston had submitted my title in nomination. We have been speaking about it not too long ago.

“He actually needed to be there when Choose (Earl B.) Gilliam and I have been sworn into workplace.”

Gilliam is ready for Senate affirmation of his nomination to fill a federal court docket emptiness.

Presiding Municipal Courtroom Choose Richard J. Hanscom accepted Keep’s nomination with remorse. “I’m very happy for her,” he mentioned, “however I’m unhappy for our court docket as a result of we’re shedding a really tremendous decide.

“I do know she is going to do an impressive job on the federal simply as she did on the Municipal Courtroom bench. We’re honored that the President has tapped one among our judges for such a place.”

Chief U.S. District Choose Edward J. Schwartz mentioned: “All I can say is that we’ve heard favorable reviews about her. I hope the affirmation course of goes ahead so we are able to get the extra judges we’d like.”

Stated federal Choose Howard B. Turrentine, “We’re trying ahead to the assist. I’ve heard nothing however good reviews about her.”

“I feel it was type of anticipated,” Choose Gordon Thompson Jr. mentioned of the nomination. “I feel she’ll do a great job. I’m instructed she’s a tough employee and is revered by her fellow judges and the bar.”

Keep’s nomination will go first earlier than the Senate judiciary committee, which is probably going to maintain a routine public listening to on her choice in June. She is anticipated to be authorized, in accordance to aides to each Cranston and Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, R-Calif.

Keep was a workers legal professional with Defenders Inc. in San Diego between January 1971 and December 1973. Born in Omaha, Neb., she graduated from Scripps Faculty in Clairemont in 1966. She taught English at a non-public college in La Jolla earlier than graduating summa cum laude from the College of San Diego Regulation College in 1970.

Keep served 4 months as assistant U.S. legal professional in San Diego earlier than being named to the municipal bench. She was in non-public apply from December 1973 till March 1976, first with Keep, Mahlum & Tyree, and later with current San Diego Municipal Courtroom Choose Sheridan Reed.

Different district decide nominations made by Mr. Carte embody A. Wallace Tashima, 40, of Los Angeles for the Central District; and Marilyn Corridor Patel, 41, of Oakland and Thelton E. Henderson, 46, of Berkeley for the Northern District.