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.