Bench Memos

Chen Confirmed, Millett Advances, New Nominees Named

The Senate unanimously confirmed U.S. Patent & Trademark Office deputy general counsel Raymond Chen to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today, BLT reports.  At the same time, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on a 10-8 party-line vote.  In other nomination news, How Appealing notes press reports indicating the President nominated two partners from the firm Munger, Tolles & Olsen — Michelle Friedland and John Owens — to seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  There’s no announcement of these picks yet on the White House website.

[Note: I mistakenly referred to “Edward Chen” when this post was first published, likely thinking of the Judge Chen confirmed in 2011 in a closely divided vote.  I regret the error and have made a correction.]

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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