President Obama has nominated Staci Yandle of Carlyle to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Yandle has been a solo practitioner in southern Illinois since 2007, where her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in federal and state court. She has practiced law in Illinois since 1987, when she received her J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Yandle served by appointment on the Illinois Gaming Board from 1999 to 2001 and on the Illinois Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1992 to 1996.