This Week on JudicialNominations.org

June 24, 2011

The Senate confirmed Perkins Coie partner Michael H. Simon to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon by a vote of 64 to 35. Simon was originally nominated by President Obama almost a year ago, and had been twice approved by the Judiciary Committee, but the Senate delayed a vote on his nomination despite the declaration of a judicial emergency in Oregon.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Christopher F. Droney’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the nominee was “warmly received by Senators of both parties,” according to The Hartford Courant. The newspaper notes that Droney’s experience was “remarkably different” from that of President Obama’s two other nominees to this circuit. One, Robert Chatigny, was forced to withdraw his nomination after faced significant Republican opposition, and the other, Susan Carney, was confirmed “after several false starts.” The Judiciary Committee also held hearings on four district court nominees: Robert D. Mariani for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Cathy Bissoon for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Mark R. Hornak for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Robert N. Scola, Jr. for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Committee again delayed a vote on former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

President Obama nominated two to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps and Rosemary Márquez, an attorney in private practice focused on federal criminal defense.

In the News

  • “President Obama Nominates Two to the United States District Court Bench,” from The White House
  • “U.S. Senate confirms Portland attorney Michael Simon as Oregon federal judge,” from The Oregonian
  • “Six faces tough bid for seat on court,” from The Topeka Capital-Journal

Recommended Readings

  • “Checked, not balanced,” from The American Prospect
  • “PD Editorial: Living in Sen. Hruska’s America,” from the Press Democrat
  • “Top State Dept. Lawyer Defends Goodwin Liu Nomination,” from The Blog of Legal Times
  • “No good reason for not backing Six,” from the Wichita Eagle

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