[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, unanimously approved James Lewis to serve as U.S. Attorney in the Central District of Illinois. His nomination will now proceed to a vote by the full Senate.
“James Lewis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the
position of U.S. Attorney,” said Durbin. “It was an honor to recommend
his name to President Obama and I look forward to joining my Senate
colleagues in voting for his nomination.”
Lewis has served as
an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of Illinois since
1983, and he has served as the Chief of the Civil Division in that
office for over 20 years. Previously, he worked as a trial attorney in
the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, as a law
professor, and as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi. Mr. Lewis has
been a board member of several organizations and has received several
awards for his work.
In April of last year, Durbin
established three bipartisan screening committees to assist in
selecting Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S.
Marshals for Illinois. The screening committees are comprised of 22
distinguished Illinoisans drawn from various aspects of the legal
profession and include former judges, prominent litigators, law
professors, bar association leaders, former prosecutors and defenders.
Springfield attorney James Potter serves as chairman of the Central
District screening panel. Members of this screening committee reviewed
conducted interviews, and made recommendations for U.S. Attorney in the
Central District of Illinois. Durbin reviewed the recommendations,
conducted interviews of finalists and, in consultation with members of
the Illinois Congressional delegation, submitted the names of two
individuals to the President, who made the final decision on today’s