December 10, 2013

Senate Confirms Millett to D.C. Circuit, Remaining Nominations Need Action Too

Caroline Fredrickson, Patricia Millett, Senate, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Amanda Simon


Washington, D.C. – The Senate today voted to confirm Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Millett, an appellate lawyer who has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated along with Cornelia T. L. Pillard and Judge Robert L. Wilkins to fill the three current vacancies on the court. All three nominations had been stalled until November, when the Senate voted to end filibusters of lower-court nominees.

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on today’s vote:

Today’s up-or-down vote is a welcome step forward toward ensuring our country’s second-most powerful court has a full bench.  Ninety-three current vacancies remain, including 38 judicial emergencies. The Senate must continue to fulfill its constitutional duty by recommending and holding up-or-down votes on qualified individuals to serve on our federal judiciary.

Read more on judicial nomination reform from Richard W. Painter, former Bush Administration White House Associate Counsel and Chief Ethics Lawyer.

For more on the D.C. Circuit vacancy crisis, read former D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Patricia Wald’s op-ed in the Washington Post.

To speak with Fredrickson, contact Amanda Simon or Jeremy Leaming at or (202) 393-6187. To learn more about the judicial vacancy crisis, visit

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