"Time ticking for Bush's judicial picks," is Pamela MacLean's report in the upcoming issue of National Law Journal.Republican senators are anxious about 28 judicial nominees awaiting
confirmation, the 46 total vacancies and the dwindling time left in
President Bush's term to get more of his candidates on the federal
Of the 28 nominees awaiting approval by the Senate, 10 are appellate court nominees and 18 are trial court selections.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in particular is in the
political crosshairs. With five of its 15 judicial seats vacant and the
current members of the court divided evenly with five Republican and
five Democrat appointees, the president who fills those vacancies could
shift the philosophical balance of the court...continue to full post
Next President could immediately appoint 100 judges The Senate is proposing to expand the federal judiciary by 50 permanent judgeships -- including a dozen on federal appellate courts nationwide.Because the Senate is unlikely to confirm the existing 45 unfilled judicial vacancies by the end of the Bush II term, the incoming president would have an immediate opportunity to appoint nearly 100 judges, when the unfilled vacancies are combined with potential new judgeships...
Federal Appellate Nominations - Update In light of my post about the coming battle over federal appellate court nominees, I must point out Ed Whelan's post about the exact pending vacancies among the federal appeals courts...
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Nominees Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nominations of Kevin O'Connor and Gregory Katsas to respectively serve as the next Associate Attorney General and head the Department of Justice's Civil Division, the Legal Times reported...
New ABA President Speaks Out on Judiciary Tony Mauro reports on the Legal Times: The ABA’s House of Delegates will be voting Monday or Tuesday on recommendations to improve the federal process by encouraging more and earlier bipartisan consultations on vacancies and possible nominees...