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United States District Court Judge Andre M. Davis has been nominated to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Because various important government offices, including the Pentagon and the CIA are located within its jurisdiction, the Fourth Circuit has gained increased prominence in recent years, hearing cases related to national security and antiterrorism policies. Judge Davis’s nomination early in the term of this new administration signals that President Obama understands the Court’s importance and the need fill its four current vacancies.