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U.S. Senate approves Fort Lauderdale judge's nomination to federal appeals court


The U.S. Senate may have problems with many of President Barack Obama’s judicial appointments — but not Fort Lauderdale’s Robin Rosenbaum.

In a 91-0 vote, the Senate this week approved her nomination to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The court reviews appeals from federal district courts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

Rosenbaum, a federal district court judge whom the Senate confirmed in 2012, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Rosemary Barkett. Barkett had also served on the Florida Supreme Court during her distinguished legal career.

Rosenbaum, 47, has been on a fast track since she was elevated from the ranks of the U.S. attorney’s office to serve as a federal magistrate judge seven years ago.

She began her legal career with the Department of Justice in 1991 after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law and Cornell University.

She also had the good fortune of clerking for 11th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stanley Marcus, an influential jurist who has helped guide her career.