Federal Judicial Appointments and Federal Judicial Power: A US-Australia Comparison
Free Public Lecture
Courtroom 6A, Level 6
Federal Court Of Australia
305 William Street, Melbourne
The second of our 'Judges in Conversation' series for 2019 will see Justice David O'Callaghan of the Federal Court of Australia in conversation with Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on the subject of federal judicial appointments and federal jurisdiction.
The two judges will discuss processes adopted in the United States for confirmation of Federal Judges, including Judge Nathan’s own experience of those processes when appointed by then President Obama, alongside other issues relevant to federal jurisdiction in the United States and Australia.
Judge Alison Nathan, United States District Judge
Judge Alison Nathan
United States District Judge
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Judge Alison J. Nathan was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in October 2011. Immediately prior to taking the bench, Judge Nathan served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General. Before that, in 2009 and 2010, she served as Special Assistant to President Obama, and Associate White House Counsel. Before entering public service, Judge Nathan was a Fritz Alexander Fellow at the New York University School of Law and a visiting professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, where she taught civil procedure and the law of habeas corpus. Prior to entering academia, Judge Nathan was in private litigation practice from 2002 until 2006 at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale). In the beginning of her legal career, she served as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Nathan graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2000.
The Honourable David O'Callaghan, Judge, Federal Court Of Australia
The Honourable David O'Callaghan
Judge, Federal Court Of Australia
Federal Court Of Australia
Justice O’Callaghan was educated at the University of Melbourne and Yale University. Between 1982 and 1983, he was Associate to the Hon. Justice Keely of the Federal Court of Australia, before moving to the United States to practise at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York (1985) and Wiggin & Dana in Connecticut (19982000). He signed the Roll of the Victorian Bar in 1986 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. While at the Bar, he practised widely in federal and state jurisdictions, appearing in trial and appellate matters involving corporations law, trade practices law, revenue law, franchising law, equity, mining, energy and resources law and constitutional law. He was the Senior VicePresident of the Victorian Bar Council (20152016), Chair of the Victorian Bar Education and Professional Development Committee (20132016), Member and Chair of the Readers’ Course SubCommittee (20102016) and a director of Barristers’ Chambers Limited (20132015). Between 1996 and 1998 he was a Senior Research Affiliate and Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School and he is currently a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School.