August 1, 2014
On Monday, the Senate voted 50-43 to confirm Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Harris was a founding member of ACS’s Board of Directors.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on four nominees the following day:
Madeline Cox Arleo to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey;
Victor Allen Bolden to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut;
David J. Hale to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky; and
Gregory N. Stivers to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the nomination of Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; cloture was invoked the following day by a vote of 58-33. Pryor is the 100th Obama judicial nominee to require a cloture petition, which is a testament to the continued obstructionism in the Senate. Her confirmation vote will take place in September when the Senate returns from the August recess.
Also on Thursday, President Obama announced two new judicial nominations: Allison Dale Burroughs to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and Amit Priyavadan Mehta to the U.S. District Court for the District of the District of Columbia.
Of note, the vacancy crisis and its impact on the workload of judges was mentioned in an op-talk in The New York Times about wellbeing and long work hours.
Our “Recently on JudicialNominations.org” posts will resume in September when the Senate returns to session following the August recess.