The names of Wisconsin attorney Beth Kushner and judges Pamela Pepper and William Pocan will be sent to the White House for consideration to fill the open federal judgeship for the Eastern District.

The candidates were among those recommended by a bipartisan Federal Nominating Commission established in April by U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. The commission was created to move federal nominations forward, according to a press release from the senators' offices.

Kushner, a partner at von Briesen & Roper in Milwaukee, handles complex litigation and construction law. A 1975 graduate of UW-Milwaukee and a 1979 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, she has close to 30 years of litigation experience.

Pepper is Chief Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. A former president of the Milwaukee Bar Association, she also serves on the faculty for the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute. She is a 1986 graduate of Northwestern University, a 1989 graduate of Cornell Law School and obtained a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from Marquette University in 2003.

Pocan, a circuit judge in Milwaukee County, was appointed to the court in 2006 and presided over juvenile and then civil cases. Today he presides over the felony division. Pocan is a 1977 graduate of UW-Parkside and a graduate of the UW Law School, where he received an American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.

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