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Obama officially nominates Vilardo for federal judgeship

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Wednesday officially nominated Buffalo attorney Lawrence J. Vilardo for a federal judgeship.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-Buffalo, last August recommended Vilardo as a replacement for U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, who is moving to senior status. White House judgeship nominations typically follow senatorial recommendations, but only after several months of vetting.

“Larry Vilardo has a tremendous legal acumen, a proven commitment to serving the community and is deeply committed to Buffalo – a city where he was born, raised, educated, and raised his own family,” Schumer said. “He is erudite, experienced, and deeply respected by every facet of the Western New York legal community, and I am confident he will be a fair and well respected judge; I will work to make sure he is confirmed as quickly as possible.”

It is unclear, however, how quickly judgeship confirmations will proceed in the new Republican Senate.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Vilardo is a founding partner of Connors & Vilardo, a law firm that also is home to prominent defense attorney Terrence M. Connors.

Schumer also has recommended former U.S. Attorney Denise E. O’Donnell to replace U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny as he moves to senior status, but Obama has not officially nominated her.