Published on: Thursday, July 27, 2023

President Joe Biden will nominate a federal public defender in Kansas to become an appeals court judge (announcement available here).

The White House announced Thursday that President Biden plans to nominate Richard E.N. Federico to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which covers Kansas and five other states.

"Rich Federico joined the Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas in Topeka in 2017. He has served as the Senior Litigator since 2020 and previously served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 2018 to 2020 and as a Research and Writing Specialist from 2017 to 2018. He has served as a military judge for the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary since 2019 and as an appellate defense counsel before then. Mr. Federico was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon in Portland from 2015 to 2017. Before that, Mr. Federico served on active duty in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps as a prosecutor from 2002 to 2008 and as a defense counsel from 2008 to 2015.