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Mar 11, 2010 8:43 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Senate considers Colorado federal judge nominee

A Senate committee has taken up the nomination of William Martinez who will fill one of two vacant judgeships on the U.S. District Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing Wednesday on Martinez's nomination to the federal bench.

Martinez is a private attorney practicing employment and civil rights law. He previously served as a regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a private attorney representing clients in employment, securities, and commercial law cases.

He was recommended for the lifetime appointment by Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. The two vacancies were created by the January 2008 death of U.S. District Judge Phillip Figa and October 2008 resignation of Edward Nottingham.

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