President Barack Obama nominated Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell (JD '90) and Jennifer Popick Dorsey (JD '97) to the United States District Court. Judge O'Connell's nomination is for the Central District of California, while Dorsey was nominated for the District of Nevada.
"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," President Obama said of all nominees announced. "They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."
Judge O'Connell's legal career began in civil litigation in 1990 as an associate with Morrison & Foerster. In 1995, she became the Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California before an appointment to her most recent role as a Superior Court judge for Los Angeles County, a position she's held since 2005.
From 2010-2011, Judge O'Connell sat by designation on the California Court of Appeals for the Second District, Division 8. She has also served as assistant supervising judge of the North Valley District of the Superior Court.
Judge O'Connell has remained active in the Pepperdine Law community, serving as an adjunct faculty member since 1998. Her husband, Daniel, who is a 1990 graduate of the Pepperdine School of Law, is a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney.
"I am so pleased that the President has nominated Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell to the Central District Court," Senator Barbara Boxer said in a recent press release. "She brings with her decades of experience as a Superior Court judge, a federal prosecutor, and an attorney in private practice – all of which will make her a tremendous asset to the court."
Jennifer Popick Dorsey began her legal career with Kemp, Jones & Coulthard LLP in 1997, securing the role of partner in 2004. Her work focuses on a wide variety of matters including appeals, class actions, and complex commercial litigation.
Dorsey has been a co-author of the Nevada section of the treatise Survey of State Class Action Law since 1999, and is a member of the University of Nevada, Law Vegas' Foundation's Advisory Board. She has also remained involved with her alma mater as a member of the Pepperdine Law Board of Visitors, and has hosted several Pepperdine Law alumni events in her home state of Nevada. Her husband, Daron Dorsey is an attorney at Snell & Wilmer.