The composition of the federal judiciary is a civil rights issue of profound importance to all Americans. The individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on civil rights protections for all. As such, the federal judiciary must be perceived by the public as an instrument of justice, and the individuals who are selected for this branch of government must be the embodiment of fairness and impartiality.
February 1, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
June 27, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Robert Rossiter, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Rossiter, who will fill one of 30 current judicial emergencies nationwide, was nominated by President Obama more than a year ago.
April 11, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, making him the first federal judge confirmed in exactly two months. Crenshaw, an African American who had the support of both his Republican home-state senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, waited more than 14 months for confirmation – even though he fills one of more than 30 judicial emergencies nationwide.
March 16, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing in February. Garland has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 19 years, and has been the court’s chief judge since 2013.
January 13, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed (82-6) Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo, who was nominated to fill the vacancy by President Obama in November 2014, is the first Latino from Pennsylvania to serve on the Third Circuit Court and just the second circuit court judge confirmed during the 114th Congress.
July 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Nearly 15 years after a thwarted nomination for a seat on the same bench, the Senate today confirmed the nomination of Ronnie White to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
January 14, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate voted 55-43 on Monday to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Wilkins is the third of President Obama’s nominees to be confirmed to the nation’s second most important court since the Senate changed its filibuster rules in November.
December 12, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate voted 51-44 early Thursday morning to confirm Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second of President Obama’s three nominees to the court to be confirmed since the Senate changed its filibuster rules.
December 10, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate voted 56-38 on Tuesday morning to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming just the sixth woman to serve on the court in its 120-year history.
November 18, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
For the third time in less than three weeks, the Senate voted on Monday to block the nomination of a D.C. Circuit nominee. Judge Robert Wilkins, the latest victim of the GOP filibuster, follows two others who President Obama nominated to the court in June – Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard.
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