Trump to Name Slate of Federal Judges

Alvin Kelly
May 11, 2017

There are also 101 vacancies on U.S. district courts out of 677 total seats and eight other vacancies on the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. When Stras was appointed to the Minnesota court in 2010 by then-Gov.

The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, said the nominations were a vindication of a commitment Mr. Trump made during the campaign "to appoint strong and principled jurists to the federal bench who will enforce the Constitution's limits on federal power and protect the liberty of all Americans".

The judicial nominations are the first of several that Trump is expected to announce during his first term as he now faces 129 vacancies in the federal court system. Six of the president's first 11 lower court nominations - Amul Thapar was named to the Sixth Circuit in March - are to the Courts of Appeal. His nomination is still pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Afterward, he worked in Washington as a clerk for Thomas - one of the court's most conservative justices. "We plan to take full advantage of her judicial insights and contributions until she is finally confirmed by the United States Senate".

Conservative organizations cheered yesterday's announcement.

While appeals courts tend to have a lower public profile, their role in adjudicating numerous orders and laws put forth by the administration will be significant.

The department cited a pro-segregation Supreme Court ruling from almost 50 years ago in a briefing defending President Trump's travel bans in federal court. According to the Brookings Institution, as of September 2016 there were 92 liberal appellate judges and 75 conservatives.

Schiff has been on staff at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation for 13 years, where he's been a critic of an expansive reading of both the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

Larsen is a former MI law professor, and the job requires approval by the Senate.

Among the people Trump reportedly plans to nominate are two state Supreme Court Judges, Justice Joan Larsen of MI and Justice David Stras of Minnesota to the 6th and 8th circuits.

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President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to sit on the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Stras, 42, would join a court that already is dominated by Republican nominees. Justice Kennedy also was the author or the deciding vote in key opinions that struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and ruled that an anti-gay law student group could not demand school funding while violating anti-discrimination rules. Democratic senators from MI and Minnesota have promised to give close scrutiny to the nominations of Larsen and Stras, assuming that genteel tradition survives in today's more rough-and-tumble Senate. He was appointed to the Minnesota court by former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. In 2015, Justice Kennedy wrote what the New York Times called a "critical" 5-4 decision joined by the Court's moderates that upheld the principle that the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits practices with a discriminatory effect and thus continued to combat harm to "minorities and other vulnerable groups the law was written to protect". Bush previously was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in D.C. Before becoming a law professor, Barrett was an associate at private firm Baker Botts LLP.

Amy Coney Barrett of IN will be nominated to serve on the 7th Circuit. Now a partner at Alabama-based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Newsom was formerly the solicitor general for Alabama and an associate at the D.C. office of Covington & Burling.

Roosevelt tried unsuccessfully to enlarge the Court, perhaps to as many as fifteen justices, in order to render ineffective justices who didn't go along with the legal requirements of FDR's New Deal.

Of course, attempts to block these qualified nominees as a means of thwarting Trump will inevitably lead to the leadership of the GOP-controlled Senate blowing up the blue slip process and moving the appointees to a hearing. She also served in the U.S. Justice Department when George W. Bush was president.

If confirmed, Nye will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge.

-Scott Palk, an assistant law dean at the University of Oklahoma, nominated to the federal court in the Western District of Oklahoma. Though Garland had bipartisan support, McConnell likely did this in the hopes of taking the nomination from Obama and giving it to a Republican president the next year.

The White House this week announced its third wave of federal judicial appointments, pending confirmation.

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