U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse '82 to Speak at UVA Law on the Judicial Nomination Process

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a 1982 graduate of UVA Law, will speak on the judicial nominating process in a talk in Caplin Pavilion on Friday.

October 1, 2013

CANCELED: Due to the shutdown and the possibility of floor votes on Friday, Sen. Whitehouse's talk has been canceled.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island and a 1982 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak in the Law School's Caplin Pavilion at 1 p.m. on Friday. He will discuss the judicial nomination process.

After graduating from law school, Whitehouse clerked for Judge Richard F. Neely in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. He then served as a policy adviser and counsel in the Rhode Island governor's office, and as the state's director of business regulation.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated him as Rhode Island's U.S. attorney. Whitehouse served as Rhode Island's attorney general from 1999-2003, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Whitehouse is a member of the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. He is the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and of the EPW Subcommittee on Oversight.

Whitehouse's talk is sponsored by the UVA American Constitution Society. The talk will be free and open to the public and parking will be available near the Law School in the D2 and D3 lots.

Whitehouse's appearance is dependent on the state of the federal government shutdown.


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