David Nye (judge)

David Charles Nye (born October 10, 1958) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. He was a judge of the Sixth District of Idaho for ten years, preceded by twenty years of private practice in Idaho.

David Nye
Judge David Nye official photo.jpg
Nye in September 2017
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Assumed office
January 2, 2019
Preceded byB. Lynn Winmill
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Assumed office
July 12, 2017
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byEdward Lodge
Judge of the Sixth District Court of Idaho
In office
June 6, 2007 – July 12, 2017
Appointed byButch Otter
Preceded byN. Randy Smith
Succeeded byRick Carnaroli
Personal details
Born (1958-10-10) October 10, 1958 (age 62)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
EducationBrigham Young University (BA, JD)

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Lynwood, California,[1] Nye attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. He attended its J. Reuben Clark Law School and earned a Juris Doctor in 1986.

CareerEdit

Nye began his legal career in 1986 in Idaho at Burley, as a law clerk to Judge George G. Granata of the state's Fifth District Court. The following year, he joined the law firm of Merrill & Merrill in Pocatello as an associate.[2] He became a partner in 1989, specialized in medical malpractice and insurance law, and stayed with the firm until 2007.

In 2007, Nye became a judge in the Sixth Judicial District and presided over civil and criminal matters for ten years.[3][4][5]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Expired nomination under ObamaEdit

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, President Barack Obama nominated Nye on April 5, 2016, to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.[6][7] Nye was nominated to the seat vacated by Judge Edward Lodge, who took senior status on July 3, 2015.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on his nomination on June 21, 2016,[8] and his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote on July 14.[9] The nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

Shortly after the 2016 election, Senators Crapo and Risch indicated that if Nye was not confirmed by year's end, they would recommend him to incoming President Donald Trump for renomination in the 115th Congress.[10]

Renomination under TrumpEdit

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Senators Crapo and Risch indicated that President Trump had signed off on renominating Nye for the same post,[11] and his renomination was announced on May 8.[12][13][14] Nye was unanimously rated as "well qualified" by the American Bar Association, as he had been during his prior nomination in 2016.[15] On June 15, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[16] The Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by a vote of 97–0 on July 10,[17] and he was confirmed 100–0 on July 12.[18] Nye was commissioned the same day and sworn in on August 1 in a private ceremony.[19] He became Chief Judge on January 2, 2019, succeeding B. Lynn Winmill.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. ^ McFarland, Cydney (April 7, 2016). "Pocatello's Merrill & Merrill a notable starting point for Idaho judges". Idaho State Journal. (Pocatello). Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "President Obama Nominates Judge David C. Nye to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho". whitehouse.gov. April 5, 2016 – via National Archives.
  4. ^ "Hon. David Charles Nye Judge Profile on Martindale.com".
  5. ^ "While gridlock grinds in Washington, justice suffers in Idaho". Idaho Statesman. (Boise). (editorial). December 11, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. April 5, 2016 – via National Archives.
  7. ^ "Crapo, Risch Statement on Federal Judge Nominee".
  8. ^ "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary".
  9. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – July 14, 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  10. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (November 14, 2016). "Crapo, Risch standing by Judge Nye nomination, hoping for Senate vote soon". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "White House agrees to re-nominate Judge Nye for long-vacant Idaho federal judgeship".
  12. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Candidate Nominations". The White House. May 8, 2017. Archived from the original on May 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Liptak, Adam (May 7, 2017). "Trump to Announce Slate of Conservative Federal Court Nominees" – via NYTimes.com.
  14. ^ "Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate Today". The White House. May 8, 2017. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017.
  15. ^ Harris, Shelbie (October 17, 2017). "David C. Nye joins the federal bench". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – June 15, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  17. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 1st Session". www.senate.gov.
  18. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 1st Session". www.senate.gov.
  19. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (August 1, 2017). "New Judge Nye sworn in today, going right to work". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chief Judges to step down as the chiefs after a combined 33 years of service", United States District Court for the District of Idaho, December 21, 2018

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Legal offices
Preceded by
N. Randy Smith
Judge of the Sixth District Court of Idaho
2007–2017
Succeeded by
Rick Carnaroli
Preceded by
Edward Lodge
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
B. Lynn Winmill
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
2019–present