Obama nominates two for federal district judge positions
Washington, D.C.: On February 2, 2011, President Barack Obama announced two nominations for federal district courts, Paul A. Engelmayer to the Southern District of New York and Arvo Mikkanen to the Northern District of Oklahoma. Engelmayer currently holds a position as a partner to the law firm of WilmerHale, where he has worked since 2000. At WilmerHale, Engelmayer specializes, primarily, in white-collar criminal cases, complex civil litigation, appellate litigation, and securities enforcement investigations. Arvo Mikkanen currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma; he has served this position since 1994. Of these two nominations, President Obama said, "I am proud to nominate these two outstanding candidates to serve on the United States District Court," and added, "I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and distinction."