Portman, Brown Applaud Nomination of Judge J. Philip Calabrese to Serve on the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

February 26, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded President Trump for nominating Judge J. Philip Calabrese to the position of U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. The nomination will now be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate. The Northern District has court locations in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves approximately 5.9 million citizens of the 40 most northern counties in Ohio. 

“I am pleased the president has nominated Judge Philip Calabrese to be the next federal judge in the Northern District,” said Portman.  “Judge Calabrese has been a dedicated public servant on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. I know if confirmed, he will serve in this role admirably.”

“Judge Calabrese will bring a wealth of experience and commitment to the federal bench,” said Brown. “I’m proud to join Senator Portman in this bipartisan process, and I thank Judge Calabrese for his willingness to serve.”   

“It is an honor to be nominated to serve as a federal judge in the Northern District of Ohio,” said Calabrese.  “I am proud to have the bipartisan support of Senator Portman and Senator Brown.  I am grateful to the president for his decision to nominate me to this important position.” 

Judge Philip Calabrese: Judge J. Philip Calabrese was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to sit on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in June 2019.  Prior to taking the bench, Calabrese was a partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Cleveland where he gained extensive civil litigation and trial experience, including oral arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.  He serves as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Calabrese clerked for the Honorable Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his law degree from Harvard Law School. 

NOTE: The President of the United States nominates U.S. district court judges based on recommendations from U.S. senators. Those recommendations are then vetted by the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate.  U.S. district courts are general trial courts that hear both civil and criminal cases. 

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