Barbara Keenan

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Barbara Keenan
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   99-0
Active:   3/2/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Hiram Widener
Past post:   Supreme Court of Virginia
Past term:   1991-2010
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Vienna, Austria
Undergraduate:   Cornell U.
Law School:   George Washington U. '74
Grad. School:   U. of Virginia Law '92 (L.L.M.)

Barbara Milano Keenan (b. 1950) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was appointed to the court by President Barack Obama.[1][2][3][4]

Previous to her appointment to the Fourth Circuit, Keenan was a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Democratic Governor Wilder in 1991 and her final term would have ended on June 30, 2015 but for her elevation to the federal courts. [5]

Early life and education

A graduate of Cornell University, Justice Keenan earned her J.D. from George Washington University (1974) and her L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1992).[4]

Professional career

  • 1991-2010: Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • 1985-1991: Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
  • 1982-1985: Judge, Virginia Circuit Court, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
  • 1980-1982: Fairfax Virginia General District Court
  • 1978-1980: Member, Board of Zoning Appeals, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • 1976-1980: Private Practice, Fairfax, Virginia
  • 1975-1980: Commissioner in Chancery, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • 1974-1976: Assistant Commonweath Attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia[4]

Judicial career

Fourth Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Barbara Keenan
 Court:Fourth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 169 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:September 14, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:October 7, 2009
ApprovedAReported:October 29, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:March 2, 2010
 Vote: 99-0

President Obama has nominated Judge Keenan for a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[6][7] Keenan was recommended to the President for nomination by Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner on June 2, 2009.[8] The Senate confirmed her nomination 99-0 on March 2, 2010[9] and Keenan received her commission on March 9, 2010.[4]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Keenan's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Keenan had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 7, 2009.[10]

Awards and associations

In 2004, Justice Keenan was recognized by a bipartisan legal reform group, Common Good, with the "Gatekeeper Awards." The award "highlights the appropriate role of judges in determining who can sue for what." The case that earned her the award was "Donna P. Thurmond v. Prince William Professional Baseball Club, Inc., No. 020116, Supreme Court of Virginia, January 10, 2003," which ruled that a spectator at a baseball event could not sue for injuries sustained from a foul ball.[11]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Hiram Widener
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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