June 29, 2023

On The Bench: Week June 29, 2023

Last week, the Senate began its mid-summer recess. The Senate is scheduled to return to session on July 10. Before leaving for the recess, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on two Article III nominees: Tiffany Cartwright (W.D. Wash.) and Kymberly Evanson (W.D. Wash.). Cartwright and Evanson are among 17 nominees – on the Senate floor waiting for cloture and confirmation votes.

The White House announced the next slate of judicial nominations this week. The slate consisted of 6 Article III nominees: Margaret Garnett (S.D.N.Y.), Magistrate Judge Jennifer Hall (D. Del.), Brandy McMillion (E.D. Mich.), Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick (M.D. Pa.), Lisa Wang (Ct. Int’l Trade), and Joseph Laroski (Ct. Int’l Trade). These nominees will likely receive a hearing in the coming weeks.

As of June 29, there are 93 Article III vacancies, 71 of which are current. Once the new nominees are officially nominated, there will be 31 pending nominees: 17 waiting for floor votes, 4 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 10 waiting for hearings before the Committee. To date, 136 Article III judges have been confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration.