Across the nation, the Senate's continued failure to act on federal judicial nominees has resulted in a slowdown in the legal system. Colorado has two judicial emergencies, with two out of seven federal district court seats left unfilled since 2008. Rebecca Love Kourlis, executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, comments in an editorial, "[F]or litigants who cannot get a hearing or a ruling on a motion because of the crunch, it is a personal crisis. In Middle Tennessee, one of the four U.S. District Court judge seats has been empty since March 2007. "With the fourth position vacant, more than 1,400 civil cases and more than 300 criminal cases involving over 550 criminal defendants must now be handled by the remaining three federal judges, taxing the judges and the federal court system," writes Nashville Bar Association President Jonathan Cole in The Tennesseean.
JudicialNominations.org is a new website developed by ACS dedicated to tracking the nominations, delays, and continuing vacancy crisis in the federal judiciary. Visit JudicialNominations.org to keep abreast of the latest developments, and follow us on Facebook to receive regular updates, including the following recent posts:
- 10/14/10 - "Schumer Recommends Bill Kuntz to Serve on Eastern District Court" in a press release from Sen. Charles E. Schumer
- 10/8/10 - "Brown, Voinovich Announce Nomination Process for Filling Anticipated Vacancy for U.S. District Judgeship in Ohio's Northern District" in a press release from Sen. Sherrod Brown
- 10/15/10 - "This is Why Obama Needs Judges" in Tapped
- 10/13/10 -"Sen. Grassley: Partisanship will ease in Senate" in The Des Moines Register
- 10/10/10 - "Citizens lose when judicial vacancies are left in limbo" in The Tenessean
- 10/9/10 - "Senate must fill judicial vacancies" in The Denver Post
- 10/8/10 - "Confirmation Warriors: What's the endgame for Obama's judicial nominees?" in Slate
- 10/7/10 - "Why judicial nominees don't get votes" in The Charleston Gazette
10/23/10 - "The Court, the Constitution, and the Confirmation Wars," hosted by Professor Justin Crowe and the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at Williams College.