The Senate approved a University of Louisville law professor to a seat on a federal court in Kentucky, despite the American Bar Association deeming him not qualified for the position based on a lack of trial experience.
Confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in a 50-41 vote Thursday afternoon, Justin Walker has worked as a law professor at the University of Louisville since 2015 and also boasts clerkships with former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and then-D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh on his resume.
As a former clerk to the newest Supreme Court justice, Walker was a fixture on television and radio during Kavanaugh’s contentious nomination process, which became a bitter fight after Kavanaugh faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct dating back to his time in high school and college.
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