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Trump nominates Duquesne adjunct professor to federal bench

| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 1:27 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law

President Trump has nominated a Justice Department lawyer to become a federal judge in Western Pennsylvania, according to Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey.

Peter Phipps, an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University law school, works in the agency's civil division defending federal laws and regulations against constitutional and administrative law challenges.

He has worked for the Justice Department for the past 14 years, according to Toomey.

“I am confident that Mr. Phipps will serve the Western District with fairness and integrity,” he said in a news release.

Casey said Phipps has spent the bulk of his career in public service.

“I am thankful for his willingness to continue that service on the bench,” he said.

Phipps couldn't be reached for comment.

The Senate has to confirm Phipps' appointment before he would become a judge.

Before joining the Justice Department, Phipps was a lawyer at Jones Day and clerked for Chief Judge R. Guy Cole Jr. at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds a law degree from Stanford and bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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