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

News Item

04/01/2014 – 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 04/21/2014 – Specialist in Oversight Inquiries to Be Named White House Counsel
President Obama is naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran Washington lawyer with extensive experience representing government officials in congressional and criminal investigations, as his next White House counsel, according to administration officials. read full story

Sub News Item 04/03/2014 – Obama Taps L.A.’s Top Federal Prosecutor for District Court Bench
André Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the White House announced Thursday. read full story

Sub News Item 03/31/2014 – Senate Confirms Owens to Ninth Circuit
The Senate voted 56-43 Monday to confirm John Owens to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Last week, the Senate voted 54-44 to end debate on his nomination. After Democrats used the "nuclear option" last year, only 51 votes are needed to end debate on most nominees instead of 60 votes. read full story

More News Stories

Upcoming Events


Click on a link below to learn more about upcoming events addressing judicial nominations:

Recommended Readings

  • 04/23/2014: In Rebuttal / Nix the judge deal
    Federal judges, appointed for life, make decisions that impact the lives of Pennsylvanians every day. When laws are enacted that infringe on civil rights, harm the environment or put corporate interests above individual rights, the federal courts are often the last or only resort.
  • 04/18/2014: Senate Plays Politics With Judicial Nominations
    With luck, Michelle Friedland, a highly qualified appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will be confirmed when the Senate returns from its two-week recess on April 28.

Read More »

The Role of the Courts

Sm PHolder

  • 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

Sm PHolder

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.

Read More »



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

For information or questions contact: judicialnominations@acslaw.org

Website designed by Top Shelf Design

Take Action