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Sub News Item 2/02/2016 – New federal judge should ease judicial logjam
NEWARK — The climate of political stagnation in recent times in the nation's capital had John Vazquez in a philosophical and reflective mood over the past year. read full story

Sub News Item 01/04/2016 – Clifton to step down as active federal appeals court judge
Federal judge Richard R. Clifton will step down from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of the year. Clifton, 65, of Honolulu will assume senior status on Dec. 31, after more than 14 years on the court. read full story

Sub News Item 12/15/2015 – U.S. Senate leader clears way for vote on Wilhelmina Wright as federal judge
Despite political gridlock that has stalled federal judge confirmations this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he has no objection to allowing a Senate vote on five nominees early in 2016. read full story

Sub News Item 12/15/2015 – Mitch McConnell Will Finally Let Some Judges Get Confirmed. Next Year.
WASHINGTON -- After a dismal year of federal judicial confirmations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to let a handful of nominees through. But not until 2016. read full story

Sub News Item 12/14/2015 – Congressional Hispanic Caucus: GOP Senate Obstructing Latino Judicial Nominees’ Confirmation
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), comprising of House and Senate Latino Democrats, has called on Senate Republicans to expedite the confirmation votes for four Latino judicial nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 12/07/2015 – Toomey urges judge’s confirmation as critics take aim
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) on Monday urged Senate Republican leaders to schedule a vote on a long-delayed appellate court nominee from Philadelphia, a move his critics say was long overdue. read full story

Sub News Item 11/25/2015 – How Republican obstruction hurts us
After justices appointed by Republican presidents ruled against President Obama’s actions that protect DREAMers and families from deportation, DACA+ and DAPA, we saw firsthand how big of a role the courts play in the lives of our community – and how big of a problem it is when judges get the law wrong. read full story

Sub News Item 11/24/2015 – Three federal bench finalists move on in process
First Judicial Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford and the other two finalists for the federal bench in Pensacola have been interviewed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and await approval by Sen. Marco Rubio. read full story

Sub News Item 11/25/2015 – Approval of judicial candidate will help with the backlog of federal court cases
Kathleen M. Sweet appears to have the necessary qualifications to make her an easy selection for U.S. District Court judge. Without a doubt, according to admirers in the legal profession. But in a fractured Congress, the confirmation process is never easy. read full story

Sub News Item 11/12/2015 – Confirm President Obama’s Judges
On Nov. 12, 2014, President Obama nominated Luis Felipe Restrepo to a judgeship on the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Restrepo, who already sits on the United States District Court in Philadelphia, seemed to secure the support of both Pennsylvania senators — Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican. read full story

Sub News Item 11/10/2015 – Pat Toomey Is Holding Up His Own Judicial Nominees. Again.
WASHINGTON -- It was just July when Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was raving about the four judicial nominees he recommended to President Barack Obama. read full story

Sub News Item 10/15/2015 – With confirmation hearings running far behind, Tennessee’s federal judicial nominees are left to cool their heels
Back in June, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker sat in on a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with a fellow Tennessean, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Neither man holds a seat on the committee, but they had home-state business to attend to. read full story

Sub News Item 10/05/2015 – Senate Gets Around To Filling Court Vacancy After 1,069 Days
WASHINGTON -- It took them nearly three years to do it, but the Senate on Monday confirmed a desperately needed judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Senate voted 69 to 21 to confirm Dale Drozd. The seat he fills has been empty for 1,069 days and is a judicial emergency, meaning the workload exceeds 600 cases or has totaled between 430 and 600 cases for more than 18 months. read full story

Sub News Item 10/05/2015 – Senate confirms federal judge to serve in Fresno, finally
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale Drozd as a district judge to serve in Fresno’s federal courthouse, filling a long-standing vacancy in one of the country’s busiest judicial regions. read full story

Sub News Item 09/30/2015 – Tennessee judicial vacancies caught in Senate logjam
Confirmation votes to fill three judicial vacancies in Tennessee are stuck in a partisan logjam, even though the White House and the state’s Republican senators agree on who should fill the seats. read full story

Sub News Item 09/29/2015 – Vermont senator calls for confirmation of new Fresno federal judge
The crushing workload isn’t getting any lighter, and still there’s no sign that Dale A. Drozd is close to winning U.S. Senate confirmation as a federal judge in Fresno. read full story

Sub News Item 09/29/2015 – A Republican Shutdown of the Judicial Confirmations Process Hurts All Americans
Senate Republicans campaigned last year on the promise that they would govern responsibly if they won the majority. Unfortunately, rather than solving problems, the current Republican leadership has instead prioritized divisive issues that play only to their political base. read full story

Sub News Item 09/30/2015 – Federal Judges Are Burned Out, Overworked And Wondering Where Congress Is
It was Labor Day weekend and Lawrence O'Neill desperately wanted to get out of town for some downtime with his wife. His mini-vacation didn't work out so well. As a federal judge on a busy California court in Fresno, O'Neill works up to 75 hours a week and at least one full day every weekend -- and that's just to keep up with his regular caseload. read full story

Sub News Item 7/16/2015 – Colorado Senators Should Work to Swiftly Protect Our Federal Trial Court
Two months ago, U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn announced he will be taking senior status effective April 2016. This announcement creates a "future vacancy" on the U.S. District Court for Colorado and gives the president and the senate a year to nominate and confirm a new federal judge. read full story

Sub News Item 04/14/2015 – GOP Senate Unanimously Confirmed First Federal Judge
Senate Republicans have been in charge for three months, but only Monday confirmed its first judicial nominee, Alfred H. Bennett — unanimously. read full story

Sub News Item 03/10/2015 – Successes Reported in Aggressive Space and Rent Reduction Initiative
In other action, today the Conference adopted the results of the biennial judgeship survey conducted by its Judicial Resources Committee, which identified the need for five new appellate and 68 district judgeships. The Judicial Conference has provided the Director of the Administrative Office with the authority to seek separate legislation for Conference-approved judgeships in selected districts, providing the Judiciary with more flexibility in pursuing new judgeships in courts with the greatest needs. read full story

Sub News Item 02/04/2015 – President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts
Today, President Obama nominated Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. and Lawrence Joseph Vilardo to serve on the United States District Courts. read full story

Sub News Item 01/21/2015 – Massachusetts Judicial Nominations Panel to Screen Possible Candidates for Federal Vacancy in Boston
A state panel that screens potential judicial candidates is reconvening to consider applications for a vacant U.S. District Court position in Boston, U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, announced on Wednesday. read full story

Sub News Item 01/07/2015 – Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

Sub News Item 12/31/2014 – It’s Official: Obama Won’t Renominate Michael Boggs
It's over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over. read full story

Sub News Item 12/17/2014 – Senate Clears 96 Judicial Nominations After Rule Change
Despite a lack of legislative accomplishments, the Senate confirmed more judges than any other modern Congress. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – GOP Hits the Brakes on Obama Nominees
Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – Budget Now in Senate’s Court
But the rest of the Senate’s business remains in flux: Leaders still hope to pass a large package of tax breaks and a terrorism risk insurance bill before breaking for the year, and Democrats are still holding out hope to approve several judges and a new surgeon general before losing their majority. read full story

Sub News Item 12/01/2014 – Reid Threatens to Extend Lame-duck
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to stay in session through the week of Dec. 15. read full story

Sub News Item 11/17/2014 – Senate Advances Judicial Nominees for Ga.
The Senate advanced three of President Obama’s judicial nominations for Georgia courts. read full story

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