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ACS has sent Biden's transition team a list of 352 potential nominees to the district and appellate courts. As of July 18, there are 130 Article III vacancies, 119 of which are current. Ind. Ind. Cir.) As of April 26, there are there are 153 Article III vacancies, 137 of which are current. ), Saritha Komatireddy (E.D.N.Y. As of July 9, there are 76 Article III vacancies, 73 of which are current. The Senate continued to advance and confirm judicial nominees this week, instead of dealing with the ongoing pandemic or the potential upcoming federal government shutdown. by a vote of 64-31. This week the Senate confirmed two district court nominees: Wendy Berger (M.D. The ACS is a “nationwide network of progressive lawyers, law students, judges, scholars and many others” and has said that it was formed, in part, in response to the Federalist Society’s success. in a 56-39 vote. Va.) in a 89-3 vote; Charles Eskridge III (S.D. During the hearing Menashi repeatedly claimed to owe a duty of confidentiality to his clients when asked about his work on the White House Immigration Working Group and at the Department of Education. Senator Hirono entered a letter to Senators McConnell and Graham requesting that judicial nominations be put on hold during the impeachment into the record. Ohio). Most of the Senate remained on recess this week, although the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs is set to return this Friday for a hearing with the Postmaster General. This is an incredibly rapid pace and means that 1 lifetime judge was confirmed every 4 days. The result was a practically empty dais, with two Republican Senators and no Democratic Senators in attendance to question nominees. As of September 19, there are 110 Article III vacancies, 97 of which are current. They work in private The eight nominees are: Franklin Valderrama (N.D. Ill.); Iain Johnston (N.D. Ill.); Stephen McGlynn (S.D. ACS will be posting updates at the hearings progress. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented. Matey was confirmed despite opposition from both home-state Senators. The confirmation vote on Kobes is the ninth time the Senate has confirmed a nominee with at least a partially “not qualified” rating by the ABA. Pa.), Nancy Brasel (D. Minn.), Charles Goodwin (W.D. FACILITY EXPOSURE CO MMUN ITY CASE CO MMUN ITY AC TIO N. 5/7/2020. As of May 14, there are 82 Article III vacancies, 77 of which are current. Ill.); Hala Jarbou (W.D. Tex.) The Senate returned from recess early to deal with the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The remaining 37 nominees on the floor are for district court vacancies. The Committee also favorably voted the following out of committee: David Dugan (S.D. There are 62 pending nominees:  45 waiting for floor votes 1 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 18 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. There are 74 nominees pending:  28 waiting for Senate floor votes and 18 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 29 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Sen. Merkley (D-Or.) Once remaining recess nominees are officially nominated, there will be 58 pending nominees: 16 waiting for floor votes, 15 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 27 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Federal laws of canada. ); Todd Robinson (S.D. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for four Article III nominees: Thomas Kirsch II (7th Cir. Tex. Once the 18 recess nominees are officially nominated there will be 53 pending nominees: 22 waiting for floor votes, 6 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 25 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. As of August 30, there are 163 Article III vacancies, 134 of which are current. Williams (N.D. Iowa). Despite being in a lame duck session, it appears the Republican Senate majority will continue confirming judicial nominees up until Inauguration Day. The Senate confirmed three concerning appellate nominees this week amid reports that Senator McConnell will be changing the rules to further speed up confirmations:  Allison Rushing (4th Cir., N.C.), Chad Readler (6th Cir., Ohio), and Eric Murphy (6th Cir., Ohio). In addition, cloture has been filed on eight district court nominees, including Sarah Pitlyk (E.D. One of these nominees was 38 year-old Judge Andrew Brasher (M.D. The Court concludes that even if the ACS bylaws had entitled Dr. Koefoot to notice and an opportunity to be present at the February, 1979, CJC meeting, this claim was waived under Local Rule 5.00 and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(e). During the meeting, the Committee held over the nomination of Judge Justin Walker (W.D. Ky.), a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Also this week, the Committee noticed a hearing entitled “The Judicial Conference’s Recommendation for More Judgeships” for June 30. The Senate confirmed two circuit court nominees this week to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: Patrick Bumatay in a 53-40 vote and Lawrence VanDyke in a 51-44 vote. The Center was established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. AT COURT UNIT DISCRETION. As of February 6, there are 84 Article III vacancies, 75 of which are current. Waiting to be Reported out of Committee: 1 As a result, the federal courts have gotten whiter and more male over the past four years. Judicial and later career He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 January 1991. Visit our new Diversity of the Federal Bench page – ACS is now tracking the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the federal judiciary. Wis.) in a 91-5 vote; Christy Wiegand (W.D. On September 6, the Senate voted to confirm eight nominees to the U.S. District Courts. in a 53-43 vote; Benjamin Beaton (W.D. 11 GILBERT WARE, GRACE UNDER PRESSURE, 85-86 (1984). There are currently 28 pending nominees: 8 waiting for floor votes, 0 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 20 waiting for hearings before the Committee. Tex.) There are also 7 future vacancies including one for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Although a seemingly wonky issue, this change promises to further speed up the confirmation of judicial nominees in the months to come. Also, this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on 19 district court nominees setting up the potential for a large package of judges to be confirmed before the August recess. Under President Trump, judicial vacancies are being filled at a breakneck speed, which could transform the federal courts. Click on the map below to see information, including demographic data, on a particular circuit or district. As of December 7, there are 149 Article III vacancies, 128 of which are current. Visit more ACS resources on judicial nominations. Circuit, a vacancy which comes open in September. This week the Senate confirmed Barbara Lagoa (11th Cir.) The Senate is also cuing up Jonathan Kobes (8th Cir., Neb.) These confirmations bring the total number of Article III judges confirmed under this administration to 216, which represents nearly one-fourth of all active Article III judgeships. These confirmations bring the total number of Article III judges confirmed under this administration to 233. Ga.), Susan Baxter (W.D. Congress has done so and there are more than 850 U.S. A majority of circuit courts now have a majority of Republican-appointed judges. There are 71 pending nominees:  34 waiting for floor votes, 23 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 14 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Congress hoped to return from recess on April 20, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the recess needed to be extended. As of November 2, there are 143 Article III vacancies, 123 of which are current. Fla.). ); Todd Robinson (S.D. One of the nominees who advanced to the floor was Steven Menashi (2d Cir. All of the nominees were confirmed in voice votes, except for Dominic Lanza, who was confirmed in a 60-35 vote, and C.J. Cal. Among the nominees reported were four appellate nominees missing blue slips: Paul Matey (3d Cir., N.J.), Eric Miller (9th Cir., Wash.), Eric Murphy (6th Cir., Ohio), and Chad Readler (6th Cir., Ohio). As of May 10, there are there are 147 Article III vacancies, 132 of which are current. The high number of confirmations was largely a result of breakdowns in the judicial nominations process. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported five judicial nominees out of Committee:  Daniel Collins (9th Cir., Cal.) Fla.), Corey Maze (N.D. Ala.), Rodney Smith (S.D. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments and in­for­ma­tion; Press Of­fice; More. Senator McConnell filed cloture on five lifetime nominees, including on Judge Andrew Brasher (M.D. by a vote of 49-44. This week the Senate continued to confirm judicial nominees, despite the presidential transition that is already underway. This change will enable the Majority to rapidly confirm nominees to lifetime positions without sufficient time for off Committee Senators to review their records. Tex. At the end of last week’s Committee meeting, Chairman Graham announced there would not be a Committee meeting until after the impeachment trial had concluded. in a 77-21 vote; and Greg Guidry (E.D. Mich.), Stephanie Davis (E.D. One clear trend among these confirmations is the stunning lack of diversity. As of October 10, there are 113 Article III vacancies, 98 of which are current. Four district court nominees were also announced: Iris Lan (S.D.N.Y. Judge Walker is the 52nd circuit court nominee and the 199th Article III judge confirmed during this administration. The confirmations of Dugan and McGlynn were notable because of the pushback Senator Durbin’s judicial selection commission received during the nominations process. Of the 202 confirmations, 154 have been men and 173 have been white. Cal. Statement of Law Professors Calling on the Immediate Removal of Trump from Office. Credit: ACS The Australian Computer Society has apologised to members after an attempt to reorganise its legal structure was nullified in the Federal Court. View our interactive 50-state map to see more information about the circuit and district courts. in a 49-46 vote, Kenneth Lee (9th Cir., Cal.) Feinstein (D-Cal.) As of December 14, there are 149 Article III vacancies, 132 of which are current. Cir. Wiegand also had bipartisan support and was favorably voted out of committee in a 17-5 vote. There has also been some talk on the right about whether judges, including Supreme Court Justices, could signal their intent to retire but have that be contingent on whether a suitable Republican-appointed replacement is confirmed. As of August 13, there are 73 Article III vacancies, 72 of which are current. The Committee planned to report up to 15 nominees out of Committee this week, but Senator Flake (R-Ariz.) is refusing to vote on any judges until a vote is taken to protect the Mueller investigation.. 59, 2015 Judiciary Act 1903. Some of the most controversial nominees may not be re-nominated. Nielson (D. Utah) has a record of anti-LGBTQ statements. With 2019 ending, it is important to take stock of the historic overhaul of the federal judiciary. Miss.) The Senate remained focused on leaving no judicial vacancy behind this week, in the face of the ongoing pandemic and economic unrest. Once the remaining nominees are officially nominated, there will be 45 pending nominees: 13 waiting for floor votes, 1 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 31 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. It’s just not a thing. Once remaining nominees are officially nominated, there will be 56 pending nominees: 17 waiting for floor votes, 15 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 24 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. With impeachment behind them, Senate Republicans continued to confirm judges this week. The Senate confirmed John Cronan (S.D.N.Y.) It’s likely that more judges will also announce their intention to take senor status in the coming weeks, giving the Biden administration more vacancies to fill. This week the Committee held a hearing for five judicial nominees, including four district court nominees. The ABA wrote that, based on the assessments of interviewees, “Mr. Fla.), and T. Kent Wetherell (N.D. Fla.). Fla.), Dominic Lanza (D. Ariz.), Robert Summerhays (W.D. in a 55-42 vote this week. a 16-5 vote, Mary Vyskocil (S.D.N.Y.) As of today, the judicial nominees who will appear at this hearing are not public. in a 51-40 vote. There are 56 pending nominees: 42 waiting for floor votes, 3 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 11 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. in a 53-46 vote; Howard Nielson (D. Utah) in a 51-47 vote; Stephen Clark (E.D. in a 80-13 vote; Steven Grimberg (N.D. Ga.) in a 75-18 vote; Steven Seeger (N.D. Ill.) in a 90-1 vote; and Mary McElroy (D.R.I) and Stephanie Gallagher (D. There are 54 pending nominees: 38 waiting for floor votes, 3 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 13 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. In other judiciary news, Judge Esther Salas (D.N.J.) However, before leaving for recess Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a cloture vote for a district court nominee on the day the Senate is set to return from recess. for a confirmation vote after a 50-49 cloture vote with the Vice President breaking a tie, despite his majority Not Qualified rating from the American Bar Association. ), Kenneth Lee (9th Cir., Cal. Additionally, the Democratic senators expressed concerns over Pitlyk’s extensive anti-abortion views. VanDyke was previously rated as “not qualified” by the ABA. These nominees included one circuit court nominee and fifteen district court nominees. Miss. Tex.) The Senate confirmed two district court nominees this week: John Badalamenti (M.D. This action seeks relief against federal … Of the confirmed nominees, 86% have been white and 66% have been white men. 64, 2015 Registered: 18 July 2016 This compilation includes commenced amendments made by Act No. Tex. The Senate remained in recess this week, so there was no official judicial nominations activity. The Senate Judiciary Committee is responsible for the initial stages of the confirmation process of all nominations for the federal judiciary. There are currently 3 pending nominees: 0 waiting for floor votes, 1 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 2 waiting for hearings before the Committee. in a 21-0 vote, Eric Komitee (E.D.N.Y.) Venue is proper in this Court under 28 U.S.C. As of October 3, the Senate has confirmed 152 lifetime judges to Article III courts. The full 30 hours of debate are rarely utilized, but they have allowed Senators off the Judiciary Committee to fully review nominees. This week the Senate Judiciary Committee held an executive business meeting for six judicial nominees, including Halil Ozerden, a nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. in a 53-46 vote. released a compelling statement calling for more security and privacy for federal judges. Once the remaining nominees are officially nominated, there will be 42 pending nominees: 11 waiting for floor votes, 8 waiting to be reported out of Committee, and 23 waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Jonathan Kobes was reported despite have a Not Qualified rating from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary due to lack of relevant experience. The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed an Executive Business Meeting on 15 nominees because Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) is refusing to vote on any judges until a vote is taken to protect the Mueller investigation. 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