Tag Archives: judicial nomination

Chief Judge Sentelle to Take Senior Status

Chief Judge David Sentelle will be taking senior status on February 12, 2013, according to the U.S. Courts website.  Todd Ruger reports that the next judge in line to be Chief is Continue reading


Can “Human Drama” Help To Fill the D.C. Circuit’s Three Empty Seats?

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

How Will Today’s Election Change the D.C. Circuit?

The D.C. Circuit could lose one of its judges during the next presidential term if the President is called on to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.  Judge Merrick Garland is frequently named as a possible second term SCOTUS appointee for President Obama, and Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown have both appeared on lists of possible Romney appointees in recent months.   Continue reading

Obama Taps Two for D.C. Circuit

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

Obama To Tap New Nominees to the D.C. Circuit

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

Halligan’s D.C. Circuit Nomination Blocked by Filibuster

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

Battle Lines Drawn for Cloture Vote on Caitlin Halligan’s Nomination

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