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Halligan and the D.C. Circuit

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit by a 10-8 vote.

Meanwhile, here’s another sign of how underworked D.C. Circuit judges are: D.C. Circuit judge Brett Kavanaugh will be sitting by designation on a Ninth Circuit panel tomorrow. (It’s common for senior judges to sit by designation on other circuits, but much less so for judges like Kavanaugh who are in regular active service.)

Ed Whelan — Ed Whelan is a leading commentator on nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law.

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