Senate Judiciary Committee approves nomination of Jane Kelly as next 8th Circuit appeals judge

Schumer On Judicial Appointees: We Will Change the Rules to ‘Fill up The DC Circuit’

PA: Don’t give up your right to elect judges

Obama nominee for Labor secretary could face questions on New Black Panther testimony

Obama Nominates Justice Official Thomas Perez To Top Labor Slot

On Judicial Confirmations — History and Numbers

    Jonathan Adler at the Volokh Conspiracy: Partisans in judicial nomination fights like to play the victim. As each side tells it, obstruction of judicial nominees is all the other side’s fault. Each act of contemporary obstruction is justified by some act of obstruction that came before. The reality, however, is that there are no clean hands in these fights any more. For over twenty-five years the two parties have been engaged in an escalating game of tit-for-tat. Each time the tables are turned, the opposition party retaliates in kind, and then some. Given the reactions to my post yesterday on judicial nominations, I thought it would be worth recounting the history (as I have before) — with the relevant data — and then to explain what it means. I’ll follow this up with a post on what I think should be done, in light of this history, to end the obstruction of judicial nominees.


  • Posted: 03/14/2013
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Obama To Senate Dems: We Need Solution To GOP’s Confirmation Filibusters

Recess appointments issue on way to Court

NRLB Skips En Banc Review of Recess Appointments Case; Heads Straight for Supremes

Nominating Commission Accepting Applications for D.C. Federal Court Vacancy

The NYT‘s Selective History on Judicial Filibusters | Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy

The Laboratory of Judicial Nominations | David Fontana at Huffington Post

After 17 Months, Senate Confirms New Federal Circuit Judge

Obama’s Judicial Payback: Republicans adopt filibuster tactics that Democrats pioneered

Butte native considered for federal judgeship – Sen. Baucus to recommend Brian Morris

Reports: Obama picks civil rights lawyer for Labor secretary

Nev. Federal Judge Nominee Withdraws Amid Impasse

Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn’t Helping

    NPR: It’s not solely Senate Republicans who are to blame for the headless government. Obama has failed to put forward nominees for some posts, and Light says the president is “moving at a snail’s pace” to make other nominations. Light says the administration also has “the longest questionnaire in the presidential history for vetting people who might become nominees. It’s brutal.” That serves to discourage some people from wanting to become nominees in the first place.


  • Posted: 03/08/2013
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Former Justice Pens History Book About The Court

Senate vote will reignite battles over judiciary nominees

Senate Republicans Block Obama Court Nominee – Caitlin J. Halligan

White House pushes for vote on contentious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee

“Senate confirms first openly gay Asian-American to federal bench” | Washington Blade

Reid Urges Senate GOP to Give D.C. Circuit Nominee a Confirmation Vote

Pro-Lifers Oppose Obama Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick Caitlin Halligan

Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays

Americans United for Life Action Calls for NO Vote on Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals in what will be a Scored Vote on Life

Texas Judges Must Face Voters Without Heeding Politics

Senate Committee Approves Three District Court Nominees

Circuit Nominee Enjoys Extra Friendly Reception at Senate Committee Hearing

10th Circuit: Robert E. Bacharach confirmed as federal appeals court judge

UK: Trio of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court

Tennessee Senate Passes Judicial-Selection Amendment

Obama Attempting To Change Face Of The Judiciary

UK: Supreme court denies government pressure to select a woman

Inventory of Posts on D.C. Circuit Nominee Caitlin Halligan

New Judge Confirmed to the First Circuit

Reid challenges GOP to filibuster Hagel nomination for Pentagon

Barack Obama’s choice for CIA chief ‘converted to Islam’ former FBI agent claims

“Obama nominates openly gay lawyer for patent appeals court”

Obama nominates two government lawyers to Federal Circuit

Nebraska Gop Senator Announces Opposition To Hagel

Report Shows Judicial Vacancies Stretching Into the Thousands of Days

Rivera Nomination Advances to Full Senate Without Recommendation

11th Circuit: Chief judge may wait before taking senior status

Justice Ginsburg refuses to halt enforcement of NLRB order, Scalia’s turn

Recess appointment issue at Court | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Senate GOP probes Treasury pick Lew’s failure to comply with Medicare law

Kansas Senate Overwhelmingly Supports Judicial Selection Reform

Senate Committee to Vote on Appeals Court Nominees, Again

Obama nominates Wyoming attorney general for appeals court

Senate GOP introduces bill to cut salaries of NLRB members

Scholarship highlight: End of the Supreme Court-Congress dialogue?

    SCOTUS Blog: Political polarization in Congress seems to be affecting the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court, inadvertently strengthening the Court at the expense of Congress. These days – unlike in the past – Congress rarely overrides the Supreme Court’s statutory decisions. Yet the same congressional polarization that is strengthening the Court is likely to spill over into the Supreme Court nominations process, greatly increasing the risk of a Senate filibuster when the next conservative Justice leaves the Court.


  • Posted: 01/30/2013
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Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote

Senate Panel To Vote On Kerry Nomination Tuesday

Spreading challenge to appointment power

ACS Issue Brief Offers Suggestions To Reform Dysfunctional Judicial Nomination Process

Obama NLRB Recess Appointments Unlawful, D.C. Circuit Says

Keller nominated for Conn. Appellate Court

Filibuster Deal Trivial for Judicial Nominations | Ed Whelan at NRO

Top Senators: Tentative Deal To Curb Filibusters

GOP Senators Delay Hearing on D.C. Circuit Nominee

Kansas’s Judicial Nominating Commission Under Fire

Senate Democrats Moving Quickly on Judicial Nominees

“Va. legislature expected to approve Thorne-Begland, who is gay, for bench”

CT: Espinosa Nominated To Be State’s First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

Tea Party-Backed Cruz Joins Senate Judiciary Committee

Obama Judicial Nominee Opposed Gun Makers and Pro-Life Demonstrators

Filling the Northern District of California vacancies

“Diversity” and its definition at issue in Christie’s picks for high court

Obama to fill four positions in 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

On the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Robert Bork | Casey Mattox at Townhall