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 8/7/2017 – The White House Has Pitched A Nominee For Manhattan’s Powerful US Attorney Opening
The White House is considering Geoffrey Berman, an attorney who practices in New Jersey and New York and one of Rudolph Giuliani’s law partners, to lead the US attorney’s office in Manhattan — one of the most high-profile federal law enforcement jobs in the country. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Mich. senators let Trump appeals judge choice advance
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said Friday they have returned blue slips for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, allowing her nomination to the federal appellate bench to advance without saying whether they would vote for her. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Trump nominates Steve Grasz for 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
President Donald Trump has nominated Steve Grasz to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. The nomination was applauded by Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, both Nebraska Republicans, who recommended Grasz for the seat. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 7/16/2017: We all expect better than these 2 Trump judicial nominations
    The recent conclusion of the United States Supreme Court term brought a flurry of rulings and reminders of the many ways judges shape our daily lives. The court ruled on issues of free speech, racial gerrymandering of congressional districts, and on standards for public education provided to children with disabilities.
  • 7/5/2017: The Most Important Question for Trump Judicial Nominees
    It wasn’t that long ago that “litmus test” was a dirty phrase in judicial nominations. In the late 1970s, I clerked for a distinguished Jimmy Carter appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. My judge was troubled that, en route to his nomination, he had been asked by the Carter administration for his general views on affirmative action—views that, as it happened, were entirely in accord with the president’s. He believed, however, if an outstanding lawyer had been a loyal member of the president’s party, it was inappropriate to impose any more fine-grained test of a potential judge’s ideological compatibility.

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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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