Judge Who Blocked Trump's Immigration Order Was Praised for Representing Refugees

He was confirmed in a 99-0 vote.

Evergreen Legal Services, the business Hatch referred to, is listed among law offices that offer pro bono assistance to clients on LegalHandle.com, a website that catalogs attorneys who provide legal aid to low income people.

Robart, an appointment of then President George W. Bush, was ultimately approved by Congress with a unanimous vote of 99-0 in a bipartisan show of support.

"Mr. Robart's impressive credentials are reflected in his unanimous American Bar Association rating of Well Qualified," Hatch said of Robart at the hearing. "I am confident that he will be a fine addition to the bench and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting his confirmation."

Robart imposed a nationwide hold on Trump's ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, siding with two states that had challenged the controversial executive order.

"The state has met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury," Robart said in his decision. "This TRO (temporary restraining order) is granted on a nationwide basis ..."

Robart, whose career is drawing greater scrutiny in the wake of Trump's comments referring to him as a "so-called Judge," is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, who started his career in private practice, according to his official biography.