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The House meets on August 4, then recesses until September 15.  The Senate returns to session on September 15.

Senators Casey and Toomey introduce four nominees to Federal Bench

In a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced Wendy Beetlestone, Mark Kearney, Jay Leeson and Jerry Pappert — as U.S. District judicial nominees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. President Obama nominated these judges upon the joint recommendation of Sens. Casey and Toomey.

Background on nominees

— Wendy Beetlestone: Wendy Beetlestone is a shareholder at the law firm Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia.  She previously served as the General Counsel to the School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Beetlestone received her undergraduate degree from Liverpool University and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Beetlestone is also a Trustee of Philadelphia University and a member of the board of the Education Law Association.

— Mark Kearney: Mark Kearney is a managing shareholder at Elliot Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, P.C. in Blue Bell.  Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Kearney received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Villanova University.   Mr. Kearney currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  He is also on the Board of Consultors to Villanova Law School and is on the board of directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

— Jay Leeson: Jay Leeson has been a partner at Leeson & Leeson in Bethlehem since 1980.  He was the Bethlehem City Solicitor from 1998 to 2004 and he served as a member of the Bethlehem City Council from 2004 to 2010.  Born in Allentown, Mr. Leeson received his undergraduate degree from DeSales University and his law degree from Catholic University School of Law.

— Gerald Pappert: Gerald “Jerry” Pappert is a partner at the Cozen O’Connor law firm in Philadelphia.  He is a former Attorney General of Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.  Mr. Pappert is also the chairman of the Pennsylvania Banking & Securities Commission.



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