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Roberto Lange

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Roberto Lange
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   10/21/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Charles Kornmann
Personal History
Born:   1963
Hometown:   Pamplona, Spain
Undergraduate:   University of South Dakota, B.A., 1985
Law School:   Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1988

Roberto Antonio Lange is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. He was nominated by President Obama. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 2010 on a vote of 100-0.

Early life and education

Lange graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1985 with his bachelor's degree and earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988.[1][2]

Professional career

  • 1989-2009: Private Practice, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1988-1989: Law Clerk, Hon. Donald Porter, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota[3]

During his time in private practice, Lange argued in the 2005 case of Rhines v. Weber which was argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.[3]

Judicial career

District of South Dakota

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Roberto Lange
 Court:District of South Dakota
 Progress:Confirmed 105 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:July 8, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:September 9, 2009
ApprovedAReported:October 1, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:October 21, 2009
 Vote: 100-0

On the recommendation of South Dakota US Senator Tim Johnson, Lange was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 8, 2009 to a seat vacated by Charles Kornmann.[4][5]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Lange's Public Questionnaire Available Here

Lange appeared in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 9, 2009, where he was approved. After questioning, Ranking Republican Committee Member Senator Jeff Sessions praised his qualifications. The full Senate voted to approve Lange's confirmation unanimously on October 21, 2009.[6][7][8][1]

Lange received a Unanimous Well Qualified rating from the American Bar Association.[9]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Charles Kornmann
District of South Dakota
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:

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