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Judicial Nominations Update

Next week Congress returns from its recess and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to hold cloture and confirmation votes for five additional judicial nominees, including Elizabeth Branch, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Meanwhile, the number of vacancies continues to creep up, reaching a total of 181 vacancies today (147 current vacancies and 34 known future vacancies).

Here is this week’s full update on federal judicial nominations.

Current and known future vacancies: 181

Courts of Appeals: 26

District/Specialty Courts*: 155

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies: 62

Courts of Appeals: 11

District/Specialty Courts: 51

* Includes the Court of Federal Claims and the International Trade Court

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Ryan Bounds (9th) 9/7/2017 169 No Not yet scheduled
John Nalbandian (6th) 1/24/2018 30 No Not yet scheduled
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 8 No Not yet scheduled
Michael Scudder (7th) 2/15/2018 8 No Not yet scheduled
Amy St. Eve (7th) 2/15/2018 8 No Not yet scheduled
Mark Bennett (9th) 2/15/2018 8 No Not yet scheduled

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
Joel Carson (10th) 12/20/2017 65 2/14/2018

 Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported out of Senate Judiciary Committee
Elizabeth Branch (11th) 9/7/2017 169 1/18/2018
Kyle Duncan (5th) 10/2/2017 144 1/18/2018
Kurt Engelhardt (5th) 10/5/2017 141 2/8/2018
Michael Brennan (7th) 8/3/2017 204 2/15/2018

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 33

Courts of Appeals: 4

District/Specialty Courts: 29

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate: 24

Supreme Court: 1 

Courts of Appeals: 13

District/Specialty Courts: 10

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