Longtime Columbia lawyer Richard Gergel and state Circuit Judge Michelle Childs have been confirmed as federal judges by the U.S. Senate.
The confirmations, which the Senate passed on a voice vote without fanfare Thursday night, assure that Gergel, 55, and Childs, 43, now will be formally named as judges by President Obama. That could come as early as next week.
Gergel, a longtime trial lawyer who specialized in plaintiff medical malpractice and other injury cases, and Childs, an at-large state circuit court judge, were praised Friday by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal.
“These are two of our most talented lawyers,” Toal said.