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April 22, 2011

Calls continue for a swift resolution to the judicial vacancy crisis, with ACS initiatives strongly represented. Michigan State professor Brian Kalt examines the politicization of the confirmation process in an article in the latest issue of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, ACS’s official journal. On HLPR’s blog, Jessica Jackson, a third year law student at the University of Santa Clara School of Law and an ACS’s student board member, makes a case for the president to highly prioritize judicial nominations by linking the issue to the fate of the Affordable Care Act:

Since making its way through the Congress, the Health Care bill has been litigated in several states. These legal battles should send a very clear message to the President: If you want all your hard to work to pay off, you’ve got to fill the judiciary.

She adds, “one has to wonder why filling our judiciary is not a higher priority,” given that “the judicial vacancies have reached a point of crisis with hundreds of Americans being denied proper access to justice.”


A CNN report highlighted the "dire situation caused by a massive [judicial] nominee backlog on Capitol Hill” through a series of interviews with judges and excerpts of remarks from White House Counsel Robert Bauer’s speech at an ACS event. ACS Board Member Linda Greenhouse also drew attention to the issue in herNew York Times column, writing that there are "no excuses" for not filling the vacancies on our federal courts. A dialogue with ACS members and the Board Chair helped to shape a Chicago Tribune editorial lamenting the "growing national problem" of federal judicial vacancies and Senate obstruction as a "game where everybody loses."


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The Latest from “In the News”

  • “E. Washington federal judge appointment coming soon,” from The Spokesman-Review
  • “Federal court of appeals judge candidates sought,” from The Portland Press Herald

The Latest from “Recommended Readings”

  • “Obama’s judicial nominations problem,” from the Harvard Law and Policy Review
  • “Missing in action,” from The New York Times
  • “Courts without judges,” from the Chicago Tribune
  • “Attack on justice in America,” from The Kansas City Star