Bowling Green Attorney Greg Stivers is in line to become a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Kentucky. On Tuesday, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where he was introduced to by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
"I've known Greg Stivers for over 20 years as a friend, neighbor, and father," stated Paul. "He's respected in the community, he has wisdom, a sense of justice, and a fidelity to the rule of law."
In questioning from the committee, Stivers was asked what makes him most qualified to become a federal judge.
"I would say my best qualification is the fact that I have tried cases in front of judges and juries for the last 29 years, and through each of those cases, you learn a little bit from the way judges handle things," Stivers remarked.
When asked what he would have changed concerning his legal experience, Stivers acknowledged having no experience in criminal law.
Stivers is a partner in the Bowling Green law firm of Kerrick, Bachert, and Stivers. He specializes in business and employment law and has represented the city of Bowling Green and WKU.
President Obama nominated Stivers to the federal bench, as well as David Hale, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. The nominees must be confirmed by the full Senate.
The Louisville Courier-Journal is citing other local judges and political insiders in reporting that Bowling Green attorney Greg Stivers is being considered to fill a vacant federal judgeship in Kentucky.
U.S. Attorney David J. Hale is reportedly also being considered.
The paper says two Warren Circuit Court judges and others have indicated they've been interviewed by the Justice Department as part of the vetting process of Stivers who is outside counsel for Western Kentucky University and a partner in the 14-lawyer Bowling Green firm of Kerrick, Stivers and Coyle. The firm is an underwriter for WKU Public Radio. Federal district judges are paid $174,000 a year and are appointed for life.
Stivers' name is expected to be put forth by Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a neighbor and close friend of Stivers. According to the Warren County Clerk's office, the 53 year old Stivers was a registered Democrat until November 2009 when he switched parties as Paul was mounting his Senate campaign. Paul's Bowling Green Senate office is in a building that also houses Stivers' law firm. Federal records show Stivers contributed $800 to Paul's campaign.