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President Barack Obama today nominated an African American judge to the second highest court in the United States. Among the three candidates for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was Judge Robert Leon Wilkins, who currently serving as a U.S. district judge for D.C. The other nominees are Patricia Ann Millett, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington; and Georgetown University law professor Cornelia T.L. Pillard. The U.S. Senate must confirm Wilkins and the other nominees. His path to confirmation may be clear based on his history with the Senate, which confirmed him to his current position without opposition in 2010. The president, in his remarks announcing the nominations, asked the Senate to abide by their "constitutional duty to promptly consider judicial nominees for confirmation."