Senate confirms appointment of University of Memphis administrator as federal judge in West TN

Nine months after she was nominated, University of Memphis administrator Sheryl H. Lipman has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest federal judge for West Tennessee, reports the Commercial Appeal.

The Senate voted 95 to 0 on Wednesday to confirm Lipman, who President Obama nominated for the judgeship last August upon the recommendation of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. She replaces Jon McCalla, who announced last year that he was going on senior status.

“I’m humbled by the confidence of Congressman Cohen, of the community members he involved in the selection process, and of the president,” Lipman said. “I’m looking forward to really continuing in public service – going from my position here to a different sort of public service. I certainly view becoming a federal judge as continuing in public service.”

Lipman, 51, said she expects to be sworn in during a private ceremony at the end of May. A ceremonial, public swearing-in will be held sometime this summer.