Over the August recess President Obama announced several new judicial nominations:
John Robert Blakey, to the Northern District of Illinois;
Jorge Luis Alonso, to the Northern District of Illinois;
Jeanne E. Davidson, to the U.S. Court of International Trade; and
Haywood Stirling Gilliam, to the Northern District of California.
On Monday, September 8 the Senate returned from recess and the past two weeks saw a flurry of judicial nominations activity. On Monday, September 8, the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm Jill Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit (Ga.). Pryor was a partner at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP in Atlanta. The seat she filled had been vacant since August of 2010. A New York Times article discussed President Obama’s legacy of having re-shaped the appellate bench.