This Week on

December 3, 2010

There was action on judicial nominations in the White House and the Senate Judiciary committee this week, but not by the full Senate, resulting once again in no new federal judges being confirmed. With the Committee's approval of 11 more nominees, the total number now awaiting a confirmation vote climbed to 34. Of these stalled nominations, 26 were approved unanimously by the committee, a fact emphasized by Chairman Patrick Leahy in a statement that called "counterproductive" the failure to vote on nominees "who, if considered, would receive unanimous or near unanimous support, be confirmed, and be serving in the administration of justice throughout the country." President Obama also moved to lower the record vacancy level on the federal courts, nominating eight more to federal judgeships this week: seven to seats on the U.S. District Court and one to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Visit, a website developed by ACS to follow the latest developments on nominees, delays, and the continuing vacancy crisis. See the "Recommended Readings" section for an overview of the growing number of local and national newspapers calling for an end to the nominee backlog, and follow us on Facebook or bookmark to receive regular updates.

The Latest "In the News"

  • 12/3/10 - Federal Judicial Nominee Hornal Faces Stiff Test in Senate, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 12/2/10 - D.C. judicial nominees stuck in Senate logjam in The Washington Post
  • 12/1/10 - Obama's first Texas judicial nominee wins committee approval, from Texas Lawyer
  • 12/1/10 - U.S. District Judge Kopf announces he will retire Dec. 1, 2011 in the Journal Star
  • 12/1/10 - Obama nominates Judge Bernice Donald for Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, from The Commercial Appeal
  • 12/1/10 - Chatigny Nomination To 2nd Circuit Court In Danger As Committee Again Side-Steps Action, from The Hartford Courant
  • 12/1/10 - UPDATE: Senate panel clears Holmes for federal bench; Leahy decries delays, from the Arkansas News
  • 11/26/10 - Judicial appointments delayed in D.C. logjam, from Deseret News

New in "Congressional Statements"

  • 12/1/10: Sen. Reid on Judicial Nominations (floor statement)
  • 12/1/10: Sen. Merkley on Senate Obstructionism (floor statement)
  • 12/1/10: Sen. McCaskill on Judicial Nominations (floor statement)
  • 12/1/10: Sen. Cornyn Applauds Judiciary Committee Approval Of Nomination Of Judge Diana SaldaƱa

New in "Recommended Readings"

  • 12/3/10: Editorial: A new judicial horizon, from The Commercial Appeal
  • 12/3/10: The judge shortage, from The Los Angeles Times
  • 12/1/10: U.S. Senate should not block confirmation of federal judges, from Citizens Voice
  • 12/1/10: Senate needs to get moving and vote on nominees, from The Arizona Republic
  • 12/1/10: Act now, from the Tulsa World
  • 11/30/10: Female Judges Underepresented on Federal Bench, from The Third Branch
  • 11/27/10: Confirm Liu, quickly, from The Los Angeles Times
  • 11/26/10: End gridlock on judge appointments, from the Des Moines Register
  • 11/26/10: Congress must act to fill court vacancies, from The Baltimore Sun