David Fontana of George Washington School of Law has a piece on the Huffington Post suggesting that President Obama can pick up the pace of judicial confirmations if he “nominate[s] progressives who happen to have been appointed or hired by Republicans” and “create[s] nomination hearings that have more human drama and less legal theory.”
The D.C. Circuit may offer the best opportunity to test Fontana’s theory. Continue reading
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Tagged 863 F.2d 891, 88-7201, Caitlin Halligan, David Fontana, Huffington Post, human interest, Judge Kenneth W. Starr, judicial nomination, rehearing en banc, Sri Srinivasan
President Obama just nominated Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit and renominated Caitlin Halligan, Charles Savage reports at the New York Times. Continue reading
Joan Biskupic reports White House spokesman Eric Schultz’s statement that “The president will be nominating judges for the D.C. Circuit in short order, but we hope the Senate moves quickly to confirm all of our pending judicial nominees.” Continue reading
Scott Wong, of Politico reports:
On a mostly party-line 54-45 vote, the Senate fell six votes shy of the 60 needed to move Halligan’s nomination to the District of Columbia Circuit Court past a key procedural hurdle. Continue reading
This morning at 11:00, the Senate will debate President Obama’s nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit. A cloture vote is scheduled for noon. Continue reading
Ed Whelan reports at National Review Online that “there is buzz that Senate majority leader Harry Reid may soon press for a floor vote on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit.”
President Obama nominated Halligan to the D.C. Circuit on September 29, 2010, to fill the seat vacated by Chief Justice John Roberts upon his elevation to the Supreme Court. Since Judge Douglas Ginsburg took senior status earlier this month, there are now three vacant seats on the D.C. Circuit. Yesterday, Whelan reported on a rumor about the possible nomination of Debo Adegbile to the Court.
(Hat Tip: JudicialNominations.org)
Update: Mr. Whelan reported that Halligan had “the inside track on the nomination” four months before it was officially announced.
Ed Whelan of the National Review reports that President Obama intends to nominate Debo P. Adegbile to the D.C. Circuit:
I’m reliably informed that President Obama is on the verge of nominating NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer Debo P. Adegbile to the D.C. Circuit. Adegbile has worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund since 2001. Before that, he was a litigation associate at the Paul Weiss law firm for seven years. From what I understand, both of his jobs have been in New York City. I gather that he is 42 or so.
Mr. Adegbile would be President Obama’s second nominee to the D.C. Circuit, which the President has called “the second highest court in the land.” His first nominee, Caitlin Halligan, has not yet received a vote in the Senate.