Senate Confirms Bacharach for Tenth Circuit

On Monday, February 25, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Robert Bacharach for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  The Senate confirmed Judge Bacharach 93-0 after Republicans delayed a vote on his confirmation for 263 days.

Bacharach, 53, has been a U.S. magistrate judge since 1999 for the Western District of Oklahoma and has handled nearly 3,000 criminal and civil matters. He received the highest rating from the American Bar Association last year.

Bacharach received his bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with high honors. He received his law degree in 1985 from the Washington University School of Law.

Reports from the Daily Oklahoman contained quotes from Oklahoma’s two Republican Senators who lavished praise for the Judge:

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, lavished praise on Bacharach on Monday, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he represented the “upper end” of all the judicial candidates he has seen since coming to the Senate in 2005.
“You cannot find a blemish on this man in terms of his personal integrity,” Coburn said, adding that Bacharach had “one of the greatest intellects” he had come across.

“I have never met anybody who knows the Constitution — its limitations, its intent — better than Judge Bacharach,” Coburn said.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said Bacharach’s “multiple years of litigation experience and public service as a federal magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma will serve him well in his new position on the 10th Circuit.
“As with all positions that come with a lifetime appointment, the deliberations over filling the vacancy can take time. But I am glad to see Judge Bacharach receive his well-deserved confirmation.”

Judge Bacharach is waiting on his commission before joining the appellate court, which handles federal appeals from Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

As a magistrate for the Western District of Oklahoma, Judge Bacharach handled a variety of matters including civil rights cases, settlement conferences, and the appointment of counsel for pro se parties who had survived summary judgment.

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