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Judicial Nominations Update

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Earlier this week the Senate confirmed three district judges, bringing the total number of President Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed to 29.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a nominations hearing for John Nalbandian, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If confirmed, Mr. Nalbandian would be the second Asian Pacific American to serve on the Sixth Circuit, and the seventh active Asian Pacific American federal appellate judge in the nation.

In her opening remarks during the hearing, Democratic Ranking Member Senator Mazie Hirono praised the White House for the numerous conversations and meaningful consultation that she and Senator Brian Schatz had over the last few months regarding President Trump’s judicial nominees from Hawaii.

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

Current and known future vacancies: 178

Courts of Appeals: 25

District/Specialty Courts*: 153

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies: 57

Courts of Appeals: 10

District/Specialty Courts: 47

* 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 183 No Not yet scheduled
Andrew Oldham (5th) 2/15/2018 22 No Not yet scheduled
Michael Scudder (7th) 2/15/2018 22 No Not yet scheduled
Amy St. Eve (7th) 2/15/2018 22 No Not yet scheduled
Mark Bennett (9th) 2/15/2018 22 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 79 2/14/2018
John Nalbandian (6th) 1/24/2018 44 3/8/2018

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Pending Date Reported out of Senate Judiciary Committee
Kyle Duncan (5th) 10/2/2017 158 1/18/2018
Kurt Engelhardt (5th) 10/5/2017 155 2/8/2018
Michael Brennan (7th) 8/3/2017 218 2/15/2018

 Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 28

Courts of Appeals: 3

District/Specialty Courts: 25

Nominees Confirmed by the Senate: 29

Supreme Court: 1

Courts of Appeals: 14

District/Specialty Courts: 14

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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