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December 13, 2013

NH federal judge nominee confirmed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Hampshire.

The Senate on Thursday approved Landya McCafferty by a vote of 79-19.

McCafferty has served as U.S. magistrate judge for New Hampshire for three years, and has clerked for two judges at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also prosecuted professional misconduct cases at the state Supreme Court and worked as a public defender and a civil litigator.

New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte said she is exceptionally qualified and experienced. “We look forward to her service as the first woman to hold this position in our state now that the Senate has cleared her historic nomination,” they said in a statement.

Shaheen called McCafferty an “innovator,” saying as magistrate, “she has become a nationally recognized expert and teacher on how to use technology to achieve a more efficient and paperless workflow in the federal court system.” For the past decade, she has lectured at continuing legal education seminars on ethics and other topics.

The judicial vacancy was created earlier this year when U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe assumed “senior status,” a form of semi-retirement.

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