July 31, 2018 (Philadelphia, PA) - Dilworth Paxson LLP is pleased to announce that Renardo (Rick) Hicks, a partner in the firm’s Harrisburg office, was chosen to serve on the Middle District Judicial Selection Advisory Committee. The twenty-member judicial nomination advisory panel includes two co-chairs and will screen applicants for judicial vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and submit the names to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Senators Casey and Toomey have each appointed nine panel members and one co-chair. The deadline for submitting a completed judicial nomination application was July 18, 2018.
“Since Senator Toomey came to the Senate in 2011, we have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “I look forward to continuing this important bipartisan work to identify and support mainstream judicial candidates in Pennsylvania with the necessary experience, character and temperament for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary.”
“Since 2011, Senator Casey and I have worked to confirm 14 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench. Only three states – California, New York, and Texas – have had more district court vacancies filled during this time,” said Senator Toomey. “This coupled with the fact that we have five additional district court nominees awaiting Senate confirmation is a tribute to the bipartisan process Senator Casey and I use to ensure that knowledgeable and ethical candidates become federal judges serving Pennsylvania.”
With more than thirty years of experience in the legal profession, Rick has substantial knowledge in a broad range of legal practices including litigation, education, and corporate matters. He has provided legal and consulting services to public utilities, government entities, manufacturers, for‐profit and non‐profit corporations, colleges and universities,and churches.
Additionally, Rick has served in a variety of roles including Regional Vice President and Regulatory Counsel for XO Communications, Inc., and Executive Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Public Protection Division within the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. While there, he served as Chief Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, responsible for the enforcement of Pennsylvania consumer protection laws. He was also a professor of law at Widener University, Temple University, and the University of Louisville School of Law. He currently teaches Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, as well as a mandatory annual Seminar on Avoiding Sexual Misconduct for ministers and lay leaders in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.