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Federal Vacancy Warning System

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Contents
1 Current vacancies
1.1 Federal Vacancy Warning System
1.1.1 Archives
1.2 Current map
1.3 Current vacancies
2 Pending nominations
3 113th Congress timeline
4 2013-2014 maps

Federal Vacancy Warning System

The Federal Vacancy Warning System was created by Judgepedia to easily convey to readers the number of vacant seats in any given court as a percentage of the total seats. Courts with a higher percentage of vacant seats have red headings and courts with no vacant seats have green headings. Percentages in between are indicated by the chart below. The headings and borders on the infoboxes of all district and appellate courts reflect this system.

Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

Archives

The Federal Vacancy Warning System was created in January 2011 and in April 2011, the weekly Vacancy Count was started. For past Empty Benches articles, see category:Empty benches news.

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by year, see:

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by Congress, see:

Current map

The new weekly map is updated every week and posted here.

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Current vacancies

Federal Appellate Courts
CourtPostsCurrent Vacancies percent Seats Vacant
District of Columbia Circuit110 0
Federal Circuit121 8
Third Circuit141 7
Fourth Circuit150 0
Sixth Circuit161 6
Tenth Circuit120 0
Second Circuit130 0
Eleventh Circuit121 8
Seventh Circuit112 18
First Circuit60 0
Fifth Circuit172 12
Eighth Circuit110 0
Ninth Circuit290 0
1st through 6th circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies percent Seats Vacant
5th Southern District of Mississippi60 0
5th Northern District of Mississippi30 0
5th Eastern District of Louisiana120 0
5th Middle District of Louisiana30 0
5th Western District of Louisiana70 0
1st District of Maine30 0
6th Northern District of Ohio110 0
6th Southern District of Ohio80 0
6th Eastern District of Michigan150 0
6th Western District of Michigan40 0
6th Eastern District of Kentucky61 17
6th Western District of Kentucky41 25
6th Eastern District of Tennessee51 20
6th Middle District of Tennessee41 25
6th Western District of Tennessee50 0
5th Eastern District of Texas80 0
5th Northern District of Texas122 17
5th Southern District of Texas195 26
5th Western District of Texas131 8
1st District of Massachusetts130 0
1st District of Puerto Rico70 0
1st District of New Hampshire30 0
1st District of Rhode Island30 0
2nd District of Connecticut80 0
2nd District of Vermont20 0
2nd Eastern District of New York152 13
2nd Northern District of New York50 0
2nd Southern District of New York280 0
2nd Western District of New York41 25
3rd District of Delaware40 0
3rd District of New Jersey172 12
3rd Eastern District of Pennsylvania221 5
3rd Middle District of Pennsylvania60 0
3rd Western District of Pennsylvania103 30
4th District of South Carolina102 20
4th District of Maryland101 10
4th Eastern District of North Carolina41 25
4th Middle District of North Carolina40 0
4th Western District of North Carolina50 0
4th Eastern District of Virginia110 0
4th Western District of Virginia40 0
4th Northern District of West Virginia30 0
4th Southern District of West Virginia50 0
D.C. District of Columbia160 0
7th through 11th and D.C. circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies percent Seats Vacant
7th Eastern District of Wisconsin50 0
10th District of Kansas61 17
7th Western District of Wisconsin20 0
7th Northern District of Illinois220 0
7th Central District of Illinois40 0
7th Southern District of Illinois40 0
9th District of Nevada70 0
10th District of Colorado70 0
8th District of South Dakota30 0
8th District of North Dakota20 0
8th District of Minnesota70 0
8th District of Nebraska31 33
7th Northern District of Indiana50 0
7th Southern District of Indiana51 20
8th Northern District of Iowa20 0
8th Southern District of Iowa30 0
8th Eastern District of Missouri90 0
8th Western District of Missouri70 0
8th Eastern District of Arkansas50 0
8th Western District of Arkansas30 0
9th District of Arizona130 0
9th District of Oregon60 0
9th District of Alaska30 0
9th District of Montana30 0
9th District of Idaho20 0
9th District of Hawaii40 0
9th Eastern District of Washington40 0
9th Western District of Washington80 0
9th Central District of California281 4
9th Eastern District of California61 17
9th Northern District of California150 0
9th Southern District of California130 0
10th Eastern District of Oklahoma20 0
10th Northern District of Oklahoma40 0
10th Western District of Oklahoma72 29
10th District of New Mexico70 0
10th District of Utah52 40
10th District of Wyoming30 0
11th Middle District of Alabama31 33
11th Northern District of Alabama81 13
11th Southern District of Alabama30 0
11th Middle District of Florida150 0
11th Northern District of Florida40 0
11th Southern District of Florida181 6
11th Middle District of Georgia40 0
11th Northern District of Georgia111 9
11th Southern District of Georgia30 0

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Current judicial nominee statuses

The following chart shows the number of nominees in any given step in the nomination process.

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Waiting for committee hearing

The nominees in this table are awaiting hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Number of nominees awaiting hearing: %PAGES percent
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
Kara Farnandez StollUnited States Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitNovember 12, 2014
Travis Randall McDonoughUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of TennesseeNovember 20, 2014
Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr.Middle District of TennesseeFebruary 4, 2015
Lawrence Joseph VilardoWestern District of New YorkFebruary 4, 2015
LaShann Moutique DeArcy HallUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkNovember 12, 2014
Dale A. DrozdUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaNovember 12, 2014
Ann M. DonnellyUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkNovember 20, 2014
Roseann A. KetchmarkWestern District of MissouriNovember 20, 2014
Felipe RestrepoUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitNovember 12, 2014

Waiting for committee vote

The nominees in this table are awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee following the hearing.

Number of nominees awaiting a vote: %PAGES percent
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
Rolando OlveraUnited States District Court for the Southern District of TexasSeptember 18, 2014
Jill ParrishUnited States District Court for the District of UtahSeptember 18, 2014
Al BennettUnited States District Court for the Southern District of TexasSeptember 18, 2014
George HanksUnited States District Court for the Southern District of TexasSeptember 18, 2014

Waiting for vote in Senate

Nominees in this table are awaiting a vote in the full United States Senate after an approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Number of nominees awaiting a Senate vote: %PAGES percent
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
Armando Omar BonillaUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsMay 21, 2014
Patricia M. McCarthyUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsMay 21, 2014
Jeri Kaylene SomersUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsMay 21, 2014
Jeanne E. DavidsonUnited States Court of International TradeAugust 18, 2014
Nancy B. FirestoneUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsApril 10, 2014
Thomas L. HalkowskiUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsApril 10, 2014

Obama's second term

114th Congress

Date Change from last week Appellate and Supreme Court Vacancies ( percent of Posts) District Court Vacancies ( percent of Posts) Total Vacancies ( percent of Posts)
1/7/2015 -2 and 0 = -2 change 7 (3.9%) 34 (5.0%) 44 (5.0%)*
1/14/2015 0 and 0 = 0 change 7 (3.9%) 34 (5.0%) 44 (5.0%)*
1/21/2015 0 and 0 = 0 change 7 (3.9%) 34 (5.0%) 44 (5.0%)*
1/28/2015 -1 and 0 = -1 change 7 (3.9%) 35 (5.2%) 45 (5.1%)*
2/4/2015 0 and 0 = 0 change 7 (3.9%) 35 (5.2%) 45 (5.1%)*
2/11/2015 -1 and 0 = -1 change 7 (3.9%) 36 (5.3%) 46 (5.3%)*
2/18/2015 -2 and 0 = -2 change 7 (3.9%) 38 (5.6%) 48 (5.5%)*
2/25/2015 -1 and 0 = -1 change 8 (4.5%) 38 (5.6%) 49 (5.6%)*

Asterisks denote one or more vacancies on the Court of International Trade.

Contents
1 Current vacancies
2 Pending nominations
3 113th Congress timeline
4 2013-2014 maps
4.1 2014
4.2 2013

Historical maps

2015

February

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January

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2014

December

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November

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October

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September

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August

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July

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June

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May

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April

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March

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February 2014

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January

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2013

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November

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October

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September

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August

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July

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June

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May

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April

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March

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February 2013

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January

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