Magistrate Judge Robert E. Bacharach nominated for federal appeals court

After a long-running White House effort to find a successor for Robert Henry on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, President Barack Obama has nominated Oklahoma City magistrate judge who was on a list given to Sen. Tom Coburn.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL ccasteel@opubco.com Published: January 24, 2012
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Turpen said Coburn wanted a list of “qualified Democrats with judicial experience.” On Monday, Turpen said Bacharach was an excellent choice.

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation, also endorsed Bacharach, saying he is “a dedicated public servant who will serve the people of the 10th circuit with distinction. He will bring a wealth of experience to the position. I look forward to a speedy confirmation.”

Education, work history

Before the White House focused on Levit, it reportedly was considering Washington, D.C., attorney Keith Harper to succeed Henry. Harper is a member of the Cherokee Nation, but he is not an Oklahoman. Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation objected strongly to the idea of him getting a coveted judicial post that would traditionally go to an Oklahoman.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is a step below the U.S. Supreme Court and hears cases from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Bacharach received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with high honors. He received his law degree in 1985 from the Washington University School of Law.

Bacharach served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In 1987, he joined the Oklahoma City law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy.

The White House on Monday stressed Bacharach's judicial experience, saying he had presided over more than 400 judicial settlement conferences and had issued more than 1,600 reports and recommendations on a range of legal matters.