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Senate confirms appointment of East Flat Rock native to appeals court


North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Senate confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


“I want to thank my Senate colleagues for voting to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to be a United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit,” said Senator Tillis. “Ms. Rushing is from East Flat Rock, North Carolina and after 11 years practicing law is considered one of the rising stars in the legal profession. I've had the opportunity to get to know Ms. Rushing through the nomination process and I know she's going to do a great job on the Fourth Circuit Court.”

“I’m pleased the Senate has confirmed Allison Jones Rushing, a native North Carolinian and fellow Wake Forest graduate, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals,” said Senator Burr. “As a partner at Williams & Connelly, Ms. Rushing distinguished herself as an expert appellate lawyer, with an impressive record of pro bono work. Equally important, she has demonstrated the character and temperament that makes a fair and impartial judge. I want to congratulate Ms. Rushing on her confirmation, and am confident she will serve on the Fourth Circuit honorably.”

Allison Rushing previously was a partner with Williams and Connolly LLP with a focus on appellate matters, constitutional issues, and regulatory challenges. Ms. Rushing is widely viewed as one of the best young appellate lawyers in the country: Legal 500 has praised Ms. Rushing for her “excellent writing advocacy skills,” The National Law Journal has recognized her stellar oral advocacy in the Federal courts of appeals, and Super Lawyers has recognized her as one of its “Rising Stars.”

Ms. Rushing has argued before Federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts, in addition to briefing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Rushing clerked for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, then-Chief Judge David Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Rushing earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Duke Law Journal.