Judicial Vacancies


The following is a list of the judgeships that have been vacant for longer than all others. Click on any vacancy for more information, or click below for information on all judicial vacancies.

All Vacancies

Pending Nominees


The following is a list of the judicial nominees who have been waiting the longest for confirmation. Click on any nominee for more information, or click below for information on all pending judicial nominees.

All Nominees

Judicial Nominations At A Glance

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10/01/2016 – Maps
See our maps showing current and projected vacancies, as well as the current composition of the federal courts of appeal. read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 11/30/2016 – Puhl’s federal judicial nomination appears stalled in Congress
The federal judicial nomination of Jennifer Klemtsrud Puhl appears to have hit a snag as the the lame duck session of Congress approaches an end. Puhl, an assistant U.S. attorney in Fargo, was nominated by President Obama in January to a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, with another venue in St. Paul. read full story

Sub News Item 11/27/2016 – GOP senators wary of nuking filibuster
Senate Republicans are wary of making a historic move to nix the filibuster despite growing pressure from conservatives. Roughly two weeks after Donald Trump's White House win, GOP lawmakers are already facing calls to overhaul Senate rules and help push through the real estate mogul's agenda. read full story

Sub News Item 12/1/2016 – Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake want to preserve Senate filibuster
U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are saying the Senate, controlled by their fellow Republicans, should not tinker with filibuster rules to ease the path for incoming President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominations and legislative agenda. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 11/27/2016: The Republican Assault On The Integrity Of The Supreme Court
    Since 1973, I have been a professor of constitutional law. The Supreme Court is at the very center of my professional life. I served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.; I am co-author of one of the nation’s leading constitutional law textbooks; I am an editor of the Supreme Court Review; I have written numerous books and scholarly articles on the Supreme Court; I am editor of a 20-volume series titled Inalienable Rights, which focuses on the meaning of our constitutional rights; and I have taught courses on constitutional law to generations of law students.
  • 11/27/2016: Senate should confirm Russell so Utahns can get justice they deserve
    With the election over, there seems to be more uncertainty over the future of our government than there was before. However, one area of our government in which there should not be uncertainty is the federal judiciary.

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Congressional Statements


The following are selected statements by senators and congressmen concerning judicial nominations. Click on the link to view the item.

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The Role of the Courts

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  • Click here to view a document from the state of Maryland that includes a discussion of the concept of separation of powers and a description of the judicial branch.

  • Click here to view a document from the Federal Judicial Center that discusses the historical development of the federal judiciary.

How the Confirmation
Process Works

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Click here to view a slide show explaining how the confirmation process works.

Click on the links below to learn more about the invididual parts of the confirmation process.

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11/20/2013: Pro-choice judicial nominees blocked


11/19/2013: Is the judicial confirmation impasse impacting American justice?


10/31/2013: Blocking judges: The minority’s most effective tactic?


06/02/2013: The importance of the D.C. Circuit and the longevity of the filibuster


11/01/12: Holding Court: Huffpost Live on the Future of the Supreme Court

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