Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Beaton nomination

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UPDATE POSTED 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – the Senate Judiciary Committee help a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Paducah native Benjamin Beaton as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

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Beaton is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, in Louisville where he co-chairs the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice group.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he teaches constitutional interpretation.

Before joining Squire Patton Boggs, Beaton practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin, LLP, and also served as a legal fellow with the International Justice Mission in Kampala, Uganda.

Se. Mitch McConnell introduced Beaton, noting the “This committee has received letters signed by nearly 200 of Ben’s former coworkers and current colleagues. They’re strong endorsements of his character, legal experience, temperament, and professionalism.

“Those who know Ben call him a ‘phenomenal lawyer…A brilliant thinker and a strong writer….One of our most talented and versatile litigators,” McConnell said citing some of the comments from others.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED Aug. 13, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many Republican Kentucky lawmakers are supporting the nomination of Louisville lawyer and Paducah native Benjamin Beaton as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

Congressman Andy Barr, KY-06, is the latest.

“I commend President Trump for the selection of Benjamin Beaton to serve as a District Court judge for the Western District of Kentucky. Ben is steeped in experience that has prepared him for this moment, having clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Throughout his career, Ben has proven to be a first-rate legal mind who will be a tremendous addition to the federal bench and who will serve Kentucky well in this capacity,” Barr said.

President Trump announced his intent Wednesday to nominate Beaton. The seat was vacant after former Western District of Kentucky District Judge Justin Walker was tapped to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Beaton is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice group.

Beaton represents clients engaged in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he teaches constitutional interpretation.

Before joining Squire Patton Boggs, Beaton practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin, LLP, and also served as a legal fellow with the International Justice Mission in Kampala, Uganda.

Upon graduation from law school, Beaton served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court, and to Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Beaton earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Centre College, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review.