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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

Sub News Item 03/31/2014 – Senate Vote Could End Feud Over Ninth Circuit Seat
The Senate today is expected to fill the longest judicial vacancy in the federal courts with a vote that could end nearly a decade of quarreling over a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. read full story

Sub News Item 03/26/2014 – Senate Votes to Confirm Several Obama Nominees
The Senate confirmed several of President Obama’s judicial nominees and one executive nominee Wednesday. The Senate voted 100-0 on the nomination of Christopher Reid Cooper to be a U.S. District Judge for D.C. read full story

Sub News Item 03/27/2014 – Texas Judge Costa Moves to Full Senate Vote
Sen. Ted Cruz said that he expected Costa to sail through the Senate with strong bipartisan support. He commended the state’s Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee, formed by the two Texas Senators, for ensuring the quality of Texas judicial nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 03/12/2014 – Senate Confirms First Utah Woman to 10th Circuit Court Bench
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Utah Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Carolyn McHugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, making her the first woman from Utah to serve on the federal appellate panel. read full story

Sub News Item 03/12/2014 – Vermont Judicial Nominating Commission Completes Candidate Screening for Vermont’s Federal Judicial Vacancy
The US District Court in Vermont is at full strength with two active judges currently serving, but Judge William Sessions’ decision to take senior status will soon create a vacancy. read full story

Sub News Item 03/11/2014 – Obama Nominates Leslie Abrams — Stacey’s Sister — for Federal Judgeship
President Barack Obama today nominated Leslie Joyce Abrams, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and the sister of House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, for a federal District Court judge post in Middle Georgia. read full story

Sub News Item 03/05/2014 – Senate Confirms Judicial Nominees
The Senate cleared four of President Obama’s judicial nominations Wednesday. Republicans forced Democrats to vote to end debate before each one was confirmed. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Republicans are “filibustering for the sake of filibustering.”

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Sub News Item 03/04/2014 – 11 People Enter Fray for Federal Judge Seat
Eleven people including a former state lawmaker, an assistant federal public defender, an assistant federal prosecutor, two magistrate judges and a law professor have applied to be the next federal judge in Roanoke. read full story

Sub News Item 02/26/2014 – Obama Replaces Judicial Nominee Blocked by Rubio
President Obama today nominated a U.S. District Court judge to replace a nominee that was blocked by Sen. Marco Rubio. Obama this evening sent to the Senate the nomination of Robin L. Rosenberg for the Southern District of Florida. read full story

Sub News Item 02/25/2014 – Senate Confirms Obama’s Judicial Nominees
The Senate voted to confirm three district court judges Tuesday. Republicans forced cloture votes on all of the nominees to protest Democrats’ use of the “nuclear option” last year. read full story

Sub News Item 02/25/2014 – Senate Moves Ahead on District Court Judges
The Senate is set to confirm James Maxwell Moody as a U.S. district court judge Tuesday, the second of four U.S. district judges expected to receive confirmation this week. The Senate started the vote series Monday, confirming 91-2 Jeffrey Alker Meyer to be a U.S. district judge for Connecticut. read full story

Sub News Item 02/24/2014 – Senate Clears Judicial Nominee on 91-2 Vote
The Senate voted 91-2 Monday to confirm the nomination of Jeff Meyer to be U.S. district judge for Connecticut. Republicans forced a cloture vote and the use of all of the debate time to protest Democrats’ use of the “nuclear option” last year. read full story

Sub News Item 02/21/2014 – First Woman to Serve as a Federal Judge in NH to Be Sworn In
Landya McCafferty is being sworn in on Friday afternoon at the U.S. District Court building in Concord. read full story

Sub News Item 02/20/2014 – Judge ‘Joe’ Haynes Jr. Plans to Take a Step Back
Chief U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. has sent a letter to President Barack Obama informing him of his intention to take senior status Dec. 1, pending confirmation of his successor. read full story

Sub News Item 02/13/2014 – Judicial Nominations Back on Senate Floor
Senate Democrats have started a push to get confirmation votes for stalled judicial nominees this year, but Republicans made it clear they won’t make it easy for President Barack Obama's picks for the bench. read full story

Sub News Item 02/12/2014 – Senate Republicans Won’t Speed Arkansas Judicial Nominees
Sen. Mark Pryor’s effort to fast track the confirmation of two Arkansas judicial nominees was derailed Wednesday in the Senate. Pryor sought unanimous consent to confirm the two nominees, but Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley objected. As ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Grassley has been highly critical of Senate Democrats for limiting the minority’s right to filibuster judicial nominees.   read full story

Sub News Item 02/05/2014 – Obama Nominates Four For Federal Judgeships, Including Gay Miami-Dade Judge Darrin Gayles
President Barack Obama has nominated four people to serve as federal judges in Florida's middle and southern districts.

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Sub News Item 02/05/2014 – Jarrett To Meet CBC On Judges
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Wednesday amid intensifying concerns over President Obama’s judicial nominations. Black lawmakers have been up in arms over a number of Obama’s picks for the federal bench, particularly in southern states, where they contend the process don’t reflect the ethnic diversity of the regions they would serve. read full story

Sub News Item 02/04/2014 – Hoyer Backs CBC On Judicial Nominees
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) found a strong ally Tuesday in their fight against some of President Obama's judicial nominees, as Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested the Senate should reject several of the picks in the name of diversity. read full story

Sub News Item 01/26/2014 – North Carolina NAACP Plans to Pressure U.S. Sen. Richard Burr
The North Carolina NAACP announced plans Saturday to pressure U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in hopes of stopping the block on a vote of a Raleigh-based prosecutor’s nomination for federal judge – the first such nomination for a black woman. read full story

Sub News Item 01/26/2014 – Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to publicly rebuke President Obama over a lack of diversity in his federal judicial picks.
Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to publicly rebuke President Obama over a lack of diversity in his federal judicial picks. read full story

Sub News Item 01/17/2014 – President Obama’s Latest Nominees Include Staci Michelle Yandle
President Obama’s latest nominees for the federal district court include Staci Michelle Yandle, who would become the first African American lesbian federal judge in two decades if confirmed, and two other groundbreaking nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 01/17/2014 – Congressional Black Caucus say Republicans are Abusing a U.S. Senate tradition
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus led by Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge say that Republicans are abusing a U.S. Senate tradition to obstruct confirmation of President Barack Obama's African-American judicial nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 01/16/2014 – President Obama added to his list of openly gay judicial appointments on Thursday by naming a black lesbian to serve on the federal court
President Obama added to his list of openly gay judicial appointments on Thursday by naming a black lesbian to serve on the federal court. read full story

Sub News Item 01/15/2014 – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., announced today he’s creating a panel of 16 lawyers and former judges to recommend a federal judge nominee.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., announced today he's creating a panel of 16 lawyers and former judges to recommend a federal judge nominee. read full story

Sub News Item 01/14/2014 – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Lifts Block on Five of Six Judicial Nominees
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has lifted a block on five of six judicial nominees to the federal court are dramatically worse than in other states. read full story

Sub News Item 01/13/2014 – U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins Wins Senate Confirmation
U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins won Senate confirmation to a key federal appeals court on Monday, two months after Republicans initially blocked President Barack Obama's nomination of the Harvard-educated jurist. read full story

Sub News Item 01/09/2014 – The Senate advances Key Judicial Nominee
The Senate on Thursday advanced a key judicial nominee of President Barack Obama, an appointment that would complete a sweeping overhaul of the nation's second most powerful court. read full story

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