Hatch statement on the homination of Howard C. Nielson Jr. to serve on the US District Court for the District of Utah


Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Howard Nielson to serve as a District Judge on the US District Court for the District of Utah.

“President Trump has made an outstanding choice to fill the vacancy on Utah’s federal District Court. Howard Nielson is a first-rate talent with broad experience and a commitment to the rule of law. He has sterling credentials and a solid reputation in the legal community. President Trump promised to make judicial nominations a priority for his administration, and today, he continued delivering on that promise. I applaud the White House for selecting such an exceptional nominee and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to see Howard confirmed.”

From the White House:

If confirmed, Howard C. Nielson, Jr., of Utah will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.  Howard Nielson is currently a partner at Cooper & Kirk, PLLC.  From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Nielson served in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as Counsel to the Attorney General and later as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel.  In addition, Mr. Nielson has taught courses in constitutional litigation, national security law, foreign relations law, and federal courts as a Distinguished Lecturer at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Nielson served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Mr. Nielson received his B.A. with university honors and summa cum laude from Brigham Young University and his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.