Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Gilliam is currently a partner and and vice-chair of Covinton & Burling's White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. President Obama nominated Gilliam in August 2014 to fill a spot that will be opening at the end of this month, when Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland will take senior status with a reduced caseload.
Gilliam, a 1994 Stanford Law School graduate, focuses his practice significantly on securities litigation and enforcement issues, as well as on other white collar and financial fraud matters. Gilliam's experience includes service with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California from 1999-2006. From 2004 to 2006, Gilliam served as Chief of the Securities Fraud Section of that office. As Chief of the Securities Fraud Section, Gilliam supervised a team prosecuting securities violations and corporate crimes, and was a founding member of the Northern District's Stock Options Backdating Task Force.
The Recorder reported yesterday that Gilliam's confirmation also doubles the number of active-status African American judges in the Northern District of California.