UM's Johnstone Nominated for 9th Circuit
President Joe Biden nominated has nominated a University of Montana law professor to be a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Anthony Johnstone is a former solicitor for the state of Montana who has taught at the University of Montana since 2011. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says Johnstone has a track record of applying the law without personal bias. His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The 9th Circuit has 29 judgeships and is one the busiest federal appeals courts in the nation. It handles thousands of cases annually from federal judicial districts located in nine western states, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.