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Judicial Nomination News

January 19, 2016

The Senate voted 58-36 to confirm Wilhelmina Wright, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, to the federal district court. She will make history as Minnesota's first black woman federal judge. Learn details from Gavel Grab

December 18, 2014

The Senate voted to confirm 12 district court judges, including the first African American woman to serve as a district judge in North Carolina and the first openly gay judge to serve in the Fifth Circuit. For more, visit Gavel Grab. 

September 24, 2014

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs of Georgia does not have the votes to win approval by the committee. Read Gavel Grab for more.

September 16, 2014

President Obama has made his mark reshaping the federal circuit courts of appeals, where judges appointed by Democratic presidents now outnumber those appointed by Republicans by 95 to 77. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

July 22, 2014

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that obstructionist politics over confirming federal judges has steep consequences for Americans seeking justice in our courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

May 27, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has successfully stepped up the pace for Senate confirmation of judicial nominees, and the number of judicial vacancies has declined. Read Gavel Grab for more.

April 14, 2014

U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy defended the "blue-slip" process by which a senator can block a confirmation hearing on a judicial nominee for his or her state. Read more at Gavel Grab

March 7, 2014

The Senate confirmed Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico for a federal district court judgeship by a 98-0 vote, shortly after 41 Republicans had voted to filibuster his nomination. Gavel Grab has more.

February 26, 2014

Vacant federal district court judgeships have increased from 75 to 80 since Senate Democrats forced a rules change in November to eliminate filibusters of most judicial nominations, the Brennan Center for Justice says. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 20, 2014

The New Jersey State Bar Association warned of "an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third co-equal branch" if Gov. Chris Christie does not reappoint Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. See Gavel Grab for more. 

February 20, 2014

President Obama’s nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs for the federal district court has encountered resistance from 27 liberal groups. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken steps to move ahead and break a Senate GOP stall on four district court nominations. Gavel Grab has details.

February 13, 2014

Special interest groups from the NRA to People for the American Way are openly sizing up their chances to influence the next nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.

January 28, 2014

The Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama about judicial nominations, both commending him in part and voicing criticism in part over a lack of diversity in some regions. See Gavel Grab for more.

January 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has blocked the nomination of a federal judge in his home state of North Carolina, but he once wrote a letter to President Obama recommending her for the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

December 10, 2013

The Senate voted to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and JAS applauded the action toward filling three vacancies on the influential court. Read Gavel Grab for more.

November 21, 2013

After the Senate voted to change its filibuster rules, JAS said the fair-courts movement was hopeful the Senate might "expeditiously schedule and hold up-or-down votes on judicial nominees." Gavel Grab has more.

October 19, 2013

New Jersey’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to advance the nomination of Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina to the state Supreme Court. It was a break in an ongoing nominations impasse. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

October 16, 2013

It's time for New Jersey's Republican governor and state Senate Democratic foes to move beyond a “judicial impasse” over nominations to the state Supreme Court, a Trenton Times editorial said. For more, see Gavel Grab.

October 2, 2013

Two ex-judges will chair a task force for the N.J. Bar Association, created to recommend fixes for an ongoing conflict between the Republican governor and the state Senate’s Democratic majority over judicial appointments. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 25, 2013
Montana has two “judicial emergencies” that demand prompt action by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate. Two of the three U.S. District judge slots in our state are vacant. And Montana’s U.S. District Courts are busy in a state with millions of acres of federal land, seven Indian reservations and serious drug trafficking issues.
July 19, 2013

The Senate avoided a change to its filibuster rules in a deal this week that paved the way for the confirmation of three executive branch nominees. But the issue may surface again as President Obama presses for confirmation of his three nominees to t

July 18, 2013

The U.S. Senate's filibuster flap this week was about confirmation of appointees to the federal executive branch, not the judicial one. The nation's federal judges would be justified in feeling slighted. Their branch of government is as vital to the country as the others, and it has been just as ill-served by Senate gridlock.

July 17, 2013

With a last minute Senate deal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) avoided deploying the so-called nuclear option this week on executive-branch nominations. But the fight could foreshadow a similar high-stakes battle over judicial nominations.

July 16, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio is holding up the confirmations of two African-American judicial candidates, drawing fire from the Congressional Black Caucus, which plans a Wednesday press conference and blames the lawmaker's "negligence and obstruction."

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