Obama picks law professor for Connecticut federal court seat

Washington — President Obama on Friday nominated Quinnipiac University law professor Jeffrey A. Meyer, who is also a visiting professor at Yale Law School, as a judge of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Meyer was senior counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and he was assistant U.S. Attorney in Connecticut from 1995 to 2004.

Meyer clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, as did the senior senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal. Presidents typically rely on a recommendation of the state’s U.S. senators in making judicial nominations.

Meyer is the son of state Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford.

If confirmed, Meyer would succeed Mark Kravitz, who died last year.