Wilkins and Howell, currently a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, are nominees for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. O'Malley, a federal district judge in Ohio, is a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The story reported that all three nominees faced little opposition when they appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and called the hearing a good sign for the nominees as President Obama tries to fill four vacancies on Washington's federal trial court.
Wilkins has been a Venable partner since 2002. From 1990 to 2002, he worked for the D.C. Public Defender Service. He was the lead plaintiff in a landmark racial-profiling suit that stemmed from a traffic stop in 1992 in Cumberland, Md., and, in 2008, Legal Times named him one of Washington's 90 greatest lawyers of the past three decades.