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Senate Confirms Richard G. Andrews To Fill Judicial Vacancy; Christopher J. Burke Sworn In As Magistrate Judge

On November 3, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Richard G. Andrews to fill the vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware created by the retirement of Judge Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. in July 2010.  The District of Delaware now has a full complement of four judges and two magistrate judges.  Judge Andrews served for 23 years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware in the positions of First Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division and acting U.S. Attorney.  Since 2007, he served as the State Prosecutor for Delaware, where he oversaw the Criminal Division of the Delaware Department of Justice.  He has tried 59 cases to verdict, most in federal court, and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Judge Andrews received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1981 and his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 1977.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the Third Circuit. 

In August 2011, Christopher J. Burke was sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Delaware, filling the vacancy left by Judge Leonard Stark’s elevation to District Judge in August 2010.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Burke served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware for six years.  He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

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