A Senate confirmation vote Thursday had the welcome result of placing the 1st of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' former law clerks on the federal bench.
She's our colleague Alison J. Nathan (right), now a U.S. District Judge in Manhattan.
Following her JPS clerkship, Ali had practiced as an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, taught at Fordham University (prior post), and served both as an Associate White House Counsel and as a Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York.
Ali's pictured at left with her partner, our colleague Meg Satterthwaite (prior posts), a clinical law professor and human rights expert at New York University, their twin sons Oliver and Nathan, and President Barack Obama. (credit for official White House photo, made in July 2010 by Pete Souza)
On the same day last week, the Senate also approved 2 other women for the federal bench: Deputy U.S. Assistant Attorney General Katherine Forrest, who's also headed to the Southern District of New York, and state Judge Susan Hickey, who will serve in the Western District of Arkansas.
Heartfelt congratulations to all!