This Week on

November 19, 2010

Pressure is mounting on the lame duck Congress to act on pending judicial nominees. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy released a statement urging his fellow Senators to consider 20 nominations during the lame duck session, sixteen of which have already been approved by the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is lining up signatures for a cloture petition to force a vote on the confirmation of four long delayed judicial nominees, all of whom had to be re-nominated after their nominations expired. Meanwhile, two former federal judges, Abner J. Mikva, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Carter, and Timothy Lewis, appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush, writing in Politico, called for action on the nominees.

The Judiciary Committee considered several new nominees this week, and President Obama chose six nominees for seats on the U.S. District Court, even as new vacancies were announced in Kansas and D.C.

To follow the latest developments on nominees, delays, and the continuing vacancy crisis, visit, a website developed by ACS. Follow us on Facebook or bookmark to receive regular updates.

The Latest "In the News"

  • 11/19/10 "Attorney Max Cogburn Jr. Pledges Fairness During U.S. Senate Hearing," Asheville Citizen-Times
  • 11/18/10 "After Long Wait Oregon Judgsehips May finally Get Filled," Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • 11/18/10 "Oregon Judicial Nominees Advance," The Statesman Journal
  • 11/18/10 "Obama Taps Nashville Lawyer Kevin Sharp for Federal Bench," The Tennessean
  • 11/17/10 "President Obama Nominates Six to United States District Court," Office of the White House Press Secretary
  • 11/17/10 "Senate May Hold Weekend Session to Confirm Stalled Nominees," The Hill
  • 11/17/10 "Sen. Whitehouse: Process Starts for Vote on McConnell," The Providence Journal
  • 11/17/10 "Democrats Plan Votes on Controversial Nominees, Senator Says," The Blog of Legal Times
  • 11/17/10 "Matheson Appeals Court Nomination Still Awaiting Vote," The Salt Lake Tribune
  • 11/16/10 "Another Vacancy Coming in D. C. Federal Court," The Blog of Legal Times
  • 11/16/10 "Graves Nomination Before Senate Panel," Associated Press
  • 11/15/10 "Vacancy Opens Up in Federal Judiciary," The Topeka Capital-Journal
  • 11/15/10 "Vacancy Opens Up in Federal Judiciary in Kansas," Associated Press
  • 11/15/10 "Judicial Nominees Still Hanging in Limbo," Winston-Salem Journal
  • 11/12/10 "Grassley to Become Top Republican on Judiciary Committee," Sioux City Journal
  • 11/11/10 "Senate Hearing for Jones Begins Next Week," The Athens Banner-Herald

New in "Congressional Statements"

  • 11/18/10: Sen. Leahy on Opening Statement Executive Business Meeting
  • 11/17/10: Sen. Leahy on Hearing on Judicial and Executive Nominations

New in "Recommended Readings"

  • 11/17/10: "Lame Duck Senate Looking to act on Controversial Judges," The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog
  • 11/17/10: "Lame Duck Fights: Confirm OMB's Jack Lew, DOJ's Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges," The Huffington Post
  • 11/17/10: "Let's Fix Judicial Nominee Process," Politico
  • 11/17/10: "Judicial Nominations in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations: Which One of These is Not Like the Others?," Alliance for Justice
  • 11/17/10 "Goodwin Liu and Others Still Not Confirmed," Legal Ethics Forum
  • 11/16/10 "Commentary: Time to Confirm John Gibney for Eastern District of Virginia," McClatchy Newspapers
  • 11/15/10: "Judicial nominees Still Hanging in Limbo," Winston-Salem Journal
  • 11/15/10: "Warning to Reid on Lame Duck Confirmations," Committee for Justice Blog
  • 11/15/10: "Ex-justice Wants Even More Diversity on High Court," Houston Chronicle
  • 11/15/10: "Nominations Fight to Come," Yglesias
  • 11/15/10: "More on the Vacancy Crisis," Tapped
  • 11/15/10: "Silver Lining: Why Dems' Big Loss Could Pave the Way for Obama Nominees," TPM
  • 11/15/10 "Eagles and Many Others Still Wait for Senate Votes," Greensboro News-Record
  • 11/15/10: "Vacancy Signs at the Federal Courthouse," Federal Bar Assoc.'s Washington Watch
  • 11/15/10: The Vacancy Crisis," The American Prospect¬†

New in "Videos"

  • 11/18/10: ACS's "The Path to the Federal Bench: A Conversation on Federal Judicial Selection"