TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An American Bar Association rating committee has rated a Johnson County attorney as "not qualified" for a seat on the federal bench.

The committee announced its rating for Holly Lou Teeter Tuesday but did not publicly state a reason.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports an ABA publication says the committee generally believes a nominee to the federal bench should have at least 12 years of law experience to be qualified for the federal bench. Teeter, a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, currently has 11.5 years of experience.

An independent website called the Vetting Room indicated that Teeter's relative lack of experience is unlikely to affect her chances for confirmation.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Teeter's nomination Thursday.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com