By Jason Rantanen
On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Kathleen McDonald O'Malley to fill the vacancy left by Judge Schall when he took senior status. Judge O'Malley currently serves as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and will be the only sitting Federal Circuit judge to have previously served as a district court judge. She was nominated for her first judgeship by President Clinton in 1994, prior to which she served in government and private practice. An earlier Patently-O discussion of Judge O'Malley is available here.