President Clinton on Friday nominated politically influential corporate lawyer Kim M. Wardlaw to a position as a federal District Court judge in Los Angeles.
Wardlaw, 41, is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, the former firm of Secretary of State Warren Christopher. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA, where she was named outstanding graduate in the 1979 law school class by the UCLA Law School Alumni Assn.
“Kim Wardlaw is an extremely qualified and experienced lawyer,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who had recommended Wardlaw to Clinton, said in a statement praising the nomination. “She comes highly recommended by legal and community leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.”
Wardlaw worked in the campaigns of Clinton and Riordan. Her husband, Bill, is considered Riordan’s closest adviser.
Her nomination requires Senate approval.