02.03.11

SJC Sends 11 Judicial Nominees To Full Senate

Nominees Are First To Be Reported In 112th Congress

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011) – The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday unanimously approved 11 judicial nominations, sending the first federal court nominations of the 112th Congress to the full Senate for consideration. 

The nominations reported Thursday received unanimous support from Judiciary Committee members in 2010, but final consideration of the nominations was denied before the 111th Congress adjourned, and the nominations were returned to the President.  Each was renominated when the 112th Congress convened on Jan. 5.  Seven of the nominations reported by the Judiciary Committee Thursday are nominated to fill judicial vacancies that have been designated as judicial emergencies by the non-partisan Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

“These are not new nominees.  They were all previously considered and favorably reported by the Committee,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  “I hope the Senate will confront the vacancy crisis facing our federal courts by confirming these nominees without delay.  Having enough federal judges to fulfill the responsibilities of the judiciary is not a partisan issue.  The Senate should ensure that the federal judiciary has the judges and resources it needs to provide justice to Americans in courts throughout the country.”

There are more than 100 vacancies in federal district and circuit courts across the country, and 49 vacancies have been designated as judicial emergencies.  The Senate confirmed just 60 of the 80 district and circuit court nominations approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 111th Congress.  The 60 confirmations was the lowest total for the first two years of a presidency in the last 35 years.

Nominations approved by the Judiciary Committee on Thursday include:

  • James E. Graves, Jr., to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
  • Amy Totenberg to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
  • James E. Boasberg to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia
  • Amy B. Jackson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia
  • Paul K. Holmes, III, to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
  • Anthony J. Battaglia to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California
  • Edward Davila to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California
  • Diana Saldana to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  • Max O. Cogburn, Jr., to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Marco A. Hernandez to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Oregon
  • Steve Jones to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia

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