Judicial Nominations

  • July 18, 2014

    by Rebekah DeHaven

    The Senate earlier this week voted 54-43 for cloture and 56-43 to confirm Ronnie White to the Eastern District of Missouri. White -- the first African American to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court -- was first nominated to the Eastern District of Missouri 17 years ago by President Bill Clinton. His nomination was defeated when then-Senator John Ashcroft accused him of being soft on crime.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on July 17 voted to send three nominees on to the full Senate:

    • Pamela Harris, nominated to the Fourth Circuit (Maryland), by a vote of 10-8;
    • Pamela Pepper, nominated to the Eastern District of Wisconsin, by a voice vote; and
    • Brenda K. Sannes, nominated to the Northern District of New York, by a voice vote.

    There are now a total of 60 current vacancies and 24 future vacancies (including one vacancy that will become current if a sitting district court judge is elevated to a circuit court). There are 28 pending nominees, one of who is nominated to a future vacancy. There are 22 judicial emergencies. Thirteen nominees remain pending on the Senate floor.

    For more information on judicial nominations, see the latest from “In the News” and “Recommended Readings” on JudicialNominations.org, a project of ACS.

  • July 11, 2014

    by Lara Schwartz

    Because of July Fourth, we will recap two weeks of judicial nominations activity. On Monday, July 7, the Senate confirmed Cheryl Ann Krause by a vote of 93 to 0 to be Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit. She has been a partner at Dechert LLP and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

    Judicial emergencies continue to affect Americans’ access to justice, as explained in this Dallas Morning News editorial.  

    There are now 62 current vacancies and 29 nominees for current vacancies. There are 22 future vacancies and one nominee for a future vacancyThere are 21 judicial emergencies (5 circuit, 15 district). 

    For more information see the latest from “In the News” and “Recommended Readings” on JudicialNominations.org, a project of ACS.

  • June 27, 2014

    by Rebekah DeHaven

    Because of ACS’s National Convention last week, we’ll be recapping the past two weeks of judicial nominations activity today.

    On Friday, June 13, President Obama nominated Victor Allen Bolden to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

    On Monday, June 16, President Obama made four additional nominations to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Gerald Pappert, Joseph Leeson Jr., Mark Kearney, and Wendy Beetlestone.

    Also on Monday, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on three district court nominees:

    Salvador Mendoza, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 55-37;

    Staci Michelle Yandle, of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 55-37; and

    Darrin P. Gayles, of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 55-37.

    The Senate followed on Tuesday, June 17 with confirmation votes on all three:

    Salvador Mendoza, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 92-4;

    Staci Michelle Yandle, of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 52-44; and

    Darrin P. Gayles, of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 98-0.

    There were historic confirmations—Darrin Gayles was the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed to the federal bench, it was the first time two openly gay nominees have been confirmed on the same day (Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle), and Salvador Mendoza will be the first Latino to serve on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

  • June 13, 2014

    by Rebekah DeHaven

    On Monday, June 9, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on three district court nominees:

    M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 52-32;

    Leo T. Sorokin, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 52-33; and

    Richard Franklin Boulware II, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 53-34.

    The Senate followed on Tuesday with confirmation votes on all three:

    M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 90-0;

    Leo T. Sorokin, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 91-0; and

    Richard Franklin Boulware II, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 58-35.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on twelve nominees Thursday, but eleven were held over. Geoffrey W. Crawford, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, was reported out by voice vote.

  • June 9, 2014
    Although U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crab struck down Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage Friday, some counties are still turning away same-sex couples. John M. Becker at The Bilerico Project describes the state of marriage equality in the Badger State.
     
    In an op-ed for The New York Times, ACS board member Linda Greenhouse pays a visit to the Berkshire International Film Festival and recommends two must-see legal documentaries.
     
    A new report released Friday reveals the immense preparation behind the Clinton administration’s nomination of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen BreyerTony Mauro and Todd Ruger at Legal Times comment on the report.
     
    At PrawfsBlawg Dan Rodriguez notes John McGinnis’ new article on the decline of lawyers entitled Machines v. Lawyers .
     
    At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost addresses allegations of inadequate health care for Arizona prisoners.