Judicial Vacancies

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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

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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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07/28/2014 – Composition of the Federal Courts of Appeal
See the composition of the federal courts of appeal. Also see our nominations infographic! read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 08/08/2014 – Senate Holds Pro Forma to Save Pending Nominations
The Senate held a brief pro forma session on Friday to save dozens of President Obama’s pending nominations. Earlier this week, the House and Senate both passed an adjournment agreement, but the Senate still had to hold a pro forma on Friday, so executive and judicial nominees pending on the executive calendar weren’t sent back to Obama’s desk. read full story

Sub News Item 07/28/2014 – Pamela Harris Confirmed to Fourth Circuit
The Senate on Monday confirmed Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a vote that reignited debate over the judicial confirmation process . read full story

Sub News Item 07/24/2014 – Sen. Richard Blumenthal Will Oppose Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday became the latest Democrat to say he will vote against President Barack Obama's embattled judicial nominee Michael Boggs. read full story

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Upcoming Events

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Recommended Readings

  • 08/18/2014: Bad Judicial Appointments Can be Harmful to Your Health
    Last month, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that consumers accessing Obamacare through state-run health insurance exchanges should not be eligible for tax credits under the health-care law. This is an eye-opening reminder of the profound impact that the courts can have on our daily lives.
  • 08/14/2014: The Court, Not Congress, Is Obama’s Biggest Obstacle
    As President Obama maneuvers to advance his agenda around unrelenting opposition from House Republicans, he is accelerating a dynamic that could reshape the power balance between the White House, Congress, and the courts long after he's gone.

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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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Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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