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 2/19/2018 – Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees
The battle between Senate Democrats and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over the “blue-slip rule” escalated this week, after another one of President Trump’s judicial nominees advanced without the approval of both of their home-state senators read full story

Sub News Item 2/15/2018 – One Of Trump’s Judicial Nominees Once Wrote That Diversity Is “Code For Relaxed Standards”
One of President Donald Trump’s federal court nominees made disparaging comments about diversity, same-sex relationships, and birth control, a BuzzFeed News review has found. Gordon Giampietro, a lawyer in Wisconsin, was nominated by President Donald Trump in December for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. His nomination is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, just a few months after two of Trump's judicial nominees failed to move forward in part because of controversial writings and speeches. read full story

Sub News Item 2/15/2018 – Senate Republicans Are About to Break Precedent to Move This “Far-Right” Judge Forward
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Michael Brennan to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which oversees district courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Brennan came to wide attention after a January hearing where he could not answer questions from Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) about whether there is implicit racial bias in the criminal justice system. read full story

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Recommended Readings

  • 12/17/2017: Venue of last resort: the climate lawsuits threatening the future of big oil
    In early October, 22 state and federal judges hailing from Honolulu to Albany got a crash course in scientific literacy and economics. The three-day symposium was billed as a way to help the judges better scrutinize evidence used to defend government regulations.
  • 12/21/2017: Why Judges Matter
    The Trump administration's increasingly bizarre war on abortion continues as immigration officials keep trying to block access to abortion for pregnant undocumented teenagers in their custody.

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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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