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Today, President Obama nominated Matthew W. Brann and Judge Malachy Edward Mannion to serve on the United States District Court.
“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”Matthew W. Brann: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaMatthew W. Brann has been a partner at the law firm of Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz since 1995, where he concentrates his practice in the area of tort, contract, commercial, and real property litigation. Prior to joining the firm as an associate in 1991, Brann served as a law clerk with the Court of Common Pleas in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Brann received his J.D. in 1990 from the Dickinson School of Law and his B.A. in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame.Judge Malachy Edward Mannion: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaJudge Malachy Edward Mannion has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since 2001. Apart from a four-year stint as a partner at the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger, Spohrer & Quinn PC in the mid-90s, Judge Mannion spent the fifteen years prior to his appointment to the bench serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. While a federal prosecutor, he served as Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force from 1989 to 1993. From 1980 to 1986, Judge Mannion was an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Bartels, Pykett & Aronwald. Judge Mannion received his J.D. in 1979 from Pace University School of Law and his B.S. in 1976 from the University of Scranton.