Local lawyer renominated for bench

January 24, 2019 GMT

Fort Wayne attorney Holly Brady has been nominated for a second time to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his intention to renominate 51 people for judicial positions. Brady was first nominated by Trump last April.

The renominations came after the Senate failed to vote on confirming the nominees by the end of the previous term of Congress. A new term began this month.

Brady testified last June before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which later voted 11-10 to advance her nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. But the Senate adjourned in 2018 without voting on her and many other judicial nominees.

A spokesman for Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said the Judiciary Committee will vote again on Brady but that she will not face another confirmation hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has replaced Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, as committee chairman.

Brady, 49, is a partner with the Fort Wayne law firm Haller & Colvin, where she has practiced civil, employment and labor law.

If confirmed, Brady would replace Chief Judge Theresa Springmann in the Fort Wayne Division of the Northern District of Indiana, with Springmann transferring to a vacancy on the bench in the Hammond Division.

Also renominated Tuesday was South Bend attorney Damon Leichty for judge in the Northern District of Indiana. If confirmed, Leichty would fill a vacancy in the South Bend Division.