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 5/14/2017 – Greg Abbott plays an outsized role in filling U.S. judicial vacancies
Vacancies for the federal bench typically present a chance for U.S. senators to push preferred candidates, but as President Donald Trump prepares to name two Texas nominees for a U.S. appellate court, he’s hearing from an unlikely person: Gov. Greg Abbott. read full story

Sub News Item 5/11/2017 – Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid in line for Neil Gorsuch’s seat on 10th Circuit
Neil Gorsuch beat out fellow Coloradan Allison Eid for a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Eid’s likely consolation prize isn’t so bad: Gorsuch’s still-warm seat on the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver. read full story

Sub News Item 5/9/2017 – Two women in line for federal bench in Kentucky, which now only has one female judge out of 13
Kentucky may be getting two new federal judges, both of them women. Several lawyers said they have been interviewed by FBI agents performing a background check on Claria Horn Boom, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner in Frost Brown Todd’s Lexington office. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 4/27/2017: If Florida can do it, why not Colorado?
    As a lawyer mostly focused on the workings of government and elections, I usually don’t look to Florida as a model to follow when advocating for action at the state level here in Colorado. It’s often more a cautionary tale, at least since The Year of the Hanging Chad. But I can admit when I’m wrong.
  • 4/13/2017: The Broken Supreme Court
    When he was discussing military strategy or diplomacy, Gen. Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, liked to invoke what he called the Pottery Barn rule: “If you break it, you own it.” Well, the Republicans broke the Supreme Court confirmation process. Now they own the Supreme Court.

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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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