by Caroline Cox
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard two nominees on Wednesday, March 11. The Committee considered Kara Stoll to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit and Roseann A. Ketchmark to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.
The Judicial Conference recently released their 2015 recommendations for new judgeships. Among the recommendations, the Conference called for the creation of 5 seats to the 9th Circuit, the addition of 68 new District Court judgeships, and a conversion of 9 temporary judgeships to permanent seats.
The change in Senate leadership has also changed opinions on filibuster reform, reports Paul Kane for The Washington Post.
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 23 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 16 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.