On Thursday, President Obama made two new appellate nominations: Judge Julie E. Carnes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Gregg Costa to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Carnes has served on the district court bench since 1992 and is a former assistant U.S. attorney. Judge Costa also served as an assistant U.S. attorney and clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He has been a federal district court judge since April 2012. His district court nomination was reportedly encouraged by Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Howard Bashman has more here.
In other nomination news, there are rumors that President Obama is considering former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth Circuit.