Scott L. Palk
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Assumed office
October 31, 2017
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byStephen P. Friot
Personal details
Born1967 (age 53–54)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
EducationOklahoma State University (BS)
University of Oklahoma College of Law (JD)

Scott Lawrence Palk (born 1967) is an American attorney and academic. He is currently a Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He formerly served as Assistant Dean at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Education and legal career

Palk is a 1985 graduate of Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.[1] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctor in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

From 1992 to 2002, Palk served as an Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland County in Norman, Oklahoma, serving as First Assistant District Attorney from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2011, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, holding a number of managerial roles beginning in 2004, including Deputy Criminal Chief and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator. Palk won Prosecutor of the Year awards in 1993 and 2004.[1]

From 2011 until his confirmation as a U.S. District Judge, he served as the Assistant Dean for Students and Assistant General Counsel at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In addition to overseeing admissions and providing legal counsel, he served as a consultant to the University's Threat Assessment Review Committee, advising in areas of criminal threat assessment and legal access.[2]

Federal judicial service

Expired district court nomination under Obama

On December 16, 2015, President Obama nominated Palk to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, to the seat vacated by Judge Stephen P. Friot, who took senior status on December 1, 2014.[3][4] He received a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on April 20, 2016.[5] On May 19, 2016, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[6] His nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

Renomination to district court under Trump

On May 7, 2017, a White House official indicated that Palk would be renominated by President Donald Trump to the same seat.[7] His renomination was announced on May 8, 2017.[8][9] On June 15, 2017, his nomination was reported out of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 17–3.[10] On October 25, 2017, the Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by a vote of 79–18.[11][12] Palk was confirmed by the Senate on October 26, 2017, by a vote of 79–16.[13]

Personal life

Palk was inducted into the Charles Page High School Hall of Fame in 2019.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Snyder, Rachel (March 29, 2019). "Education Foundation preparing for Hall of Fame banquet". Sand Springs Leader. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the United States District Courts". whitehouse.gov. December 16, 2015 – via National Archives.
  3. ^ "Congressional Record". www.congress.gov.
  4. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. December 16, 2015 – via National Archives.
  5. ^ "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov.
  6. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – May 19, 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  7. ^ Liptak, Adam (May 7, 2017). "Trump to Announce Slate of Conservative Federal Court Nominees" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Candidate Nominations". The White House. May 8, 2017. Archived from the original on May 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate Today". The White House. May 8, 2017. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – June 15, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee
  11. ^ "PN374 - Nomination of Scott L. Palk for The Judiciary, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 1st Session". www.senate.gov. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "PN374 - Nomination of Scott L. Palk for The Judiciary, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
Legal offices Preceded byStephen P. Friot Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma2017–present Incumbent