WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, February 15th at 2:30 P.M. to consider the nomination of Jeffrey J. Helmick to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Helmick, of Toledo, is a graduate of The Ohio State University Law School. In May 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Helmick to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio following a recommendation made by Sen. Brown and then-Sen. George V. Voinovich in August 2010. If confirmed, Helmick will fill the vacancy created by Judge James Carr, who assumed senior status on June 1, 2010.
“Jeffrey Helmick is an outstanding lawyer whose commitment to the law and to the Toledo community is second to none. He was given the highest marks of approval from a bipartisan judicial selection commission in Ohio, and has widespread support from the Toledo legal community,” Brown said. “I look forward to introducing Mr. Helmick before the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and will urge that his nomination move forward quickly.”
Brown will introduce Helmick to the Committee at the hearing on Wednesday. If approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Helmick’s nomination must be approved next by the full Senate. Helmick’s nomination was based on the recommendation of a bipartisan judicial selection commission convened by Brown and then-Senator George V. Voinovich. The senators assembled a 17-member judicial advisory commission; to prevent any potential conflicts of interest, commission members residing in the Southern District of Ohio screened applicants for the Toledo vacancy.
Mr. Helmick received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. He served on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and is a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Advisory Council for the Northern District of Ohio.
U.S. District Court judges are nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. District Courts are general trials courts that hear both civil and criminal cases.