Obama nominates Judge Restrepo to U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Earlier today President Obama nominated Colombian U.S. District Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
President Obama also nominated Kara Fernandez Stoll to serve on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
"These individuals have displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through their work, and I am honored to nominate them to serve the American people as judges on the United States Courts of Appeals,” President Obama said. “They will be diligent, judicious and esteemed additions to the bench.”
Judge Restrepo has served as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since June 2013, and previously served as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to his time on the bench, he worked as a partner at Kreasner & Restrepo in Philadelphia, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights legislation.
Restrepo served as an assistant federal defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1993, and an assistant defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 1987 to 1990. He is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Restrepo became a U.S. citizen in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 1986. He lives in Swarthmore.
“I am pleased that President Obama today has nominated Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to serve our nation on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,” said U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.
“As both a federal magistrate and district judge, Judge Restrepo has served the people of Pennsylvania honorably and with distinction. He also is dedicated to his community by giving his free time to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Sen. Bob Casey and I recommended Judge Restrepo to the White House for a seat on the federal district court, and I believe that he will also make a superb addition to the Third Circuit based in Philadelphia," Toomey said.