2 SC judges appointed to US District Court

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- President Obama has nominated three judges, including one from Charleston, to serve on the United States District Court.President Obama{} Pedro A. Delgado Hernndez, Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks and Judge Alison Renee Lee for District Court judgeships."These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," said President Obama.{} "I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks started her service as a judge in Greenville before moving to Charleston in 2010.{} "As part of her duties as a Magistrate Judge, she presided over the first drug court program in the District of South Carolina.{} Previously, from 1991 to 2002, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Charleston, where she prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases before both the United States District Court in South Carolina and on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit," her bio from the White House Press Secretary reads. "Judge Hendricks received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her B.S. in 1983 from the College of Charleston."

Judge Alison Renee Lee is also a South Carolina judge, serving the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge Lee presided over both criminal and civil trials and handled appeals in municipal, magistrate, and zoning cases.{}

"From 1994 to 1999, Judge Lee served as an administrative law judge in South Carolina," her bio states. "From 1989 to 1994, she worked as a staff counsel for the South Carolina Legislative Council, and from 1984 to 1989, Judge Lee practiced civil litigation with the McNair Law Firm.{} She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., on the South Carolina Court of Appeals from 1983 to 1984 and for the Honorable Israel M. Augustine, Jr., on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit from 1982 to 1983.{} Judge Lee received her J.D. in 1982 from Tulane Law School and her B.A. in 1979 from Vassar College."

Judge Pedro A. Delgado Hernndez hails from Puerto Rico and has served as an appellate judge, Solicitor General for Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law

Federal district judges are appointed for life, and can only be removed by retirement or impeachment and trial by Congress.