The San Francisco Chronicle, along with several other Bay Area News outlests, reported on the recent White House nomination of SMC alumnus and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California. The Chronicle story "Federal judge nominee Troy Nunley works his way up," profiles Nunley '86, who grew up in San Francisco's tough Hunter's Point neighborhood, as a "rags to robes" story of success. It notes his attendance at Saint Mary's and his athletic pursuits as a student at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School in the city.
The Sacramento Bee also reported on his nomination. Nunley, along with Judge Sheri Polster Chappell, who currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida and Katherine Polk Failla, who serves an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama on June 25, 2012.
A White House press release announcing the nominations included a congratulatory statement from the Oval Office, “I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice."
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who recommended Judge Nunley for the position, expressed her admiration for the SMC alum in a press release, which said “In addition to a decade as Superior Court judge in Sacramento, Judge Nunley brings with him a range of experience as a criminal prosecutor in two district attorney’s offices, as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice and in private practice. I believe Judge Nunley will serve with distinction on the District Court." Feinstein also urged her fellow senators to confirm his appointment as soon as possible. “The Eastern District of California manages a caseload more than twice the national average and is by far the busiest federal district court in the nation. It is especially important the Senate move quickly to consider Judge Nunley’s nomination."
Recognition of Nunley's legal insight and judicial timber began years prior to his nomination by the White House. In a 2002 Sacramento Lawyer article "Deputy Attorney General Achieves Lifelong Dream of Judicial Appointment," Nunley's journey from humble beginings in a San Francisco public housing project to his appointment as a Sacramento Superior Court Judge is chronicled.