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1 Vacancy News
1.1 Federal Courts, Empty Benches
1.2 Judicial appointment news
1.3 Retirement and Senior Status news
2 Vacancy Information
3 Appointment Status
4 Empty Benches Vacancy Timeline
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The abundance of federal courts with vacant seats continues to grow as national news outlets begin to note the problem. In an effort to conveniently track the number of vacancies and highlight troubled districts and courts, Judgepedia has developed the Federal Court Vacancy Tracker, a program which will track current vacancies, current pending appointments and major news concerning the appointment and retirement of federal judges.

Federal Courts, Empty Benches

The latest issue of Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count:

Federal Courts, Empty Benches: The Wednesday Vacancy Count 7/9/2014 

By Courtney Collins

This week's Federal Courts, Empty Benches: The Wednesday Vacancy Count includes nominations, confirmations and vacancies from July 2, 2014, to July 8, 2014. Nominations, confirmations and vacancies occurring on July 9th will be reflected in the July 16th report.

This week saw the passing of 41-year veteran of the bench, James Turk and the confirmation of Cheryl Ann Krause, who fills a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The vacancy warning level remained at blue this week after no new vacancies and one new confirmation. The vacancy percentage fell to 6.9%. There were no new nominations this week, which allowed the total number of nominees waiting for confirmation to fall to 29. The number of vacancies of Article III judges fell to 60 out of 865. A breakdown of the vacancies on each level can be found in the table below. For a more detailed look at the vacancies on the federal courts, see our Federal Court Vacancy Warning System.

Judicial appointment news

Major news concerning Federal Appointments from the Judicial Update:

Appellate judicial nominees unlikely to get confirmation vote until after general election 2012-07-31 22:36:01

Washington, D.C.: On Monday July 30th the Senate blocked the confirmation of the appointment of Robert Bacharach to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Bacharach's confirmation was blocked by a Republican fillibuster.[1] The block was surprising in that Bacharach was a non-controversial appointment and had support from both sides of the aisle.[1] However, some had predicted the block may be coming in response to the looming presidential election.[2]

On the Senate floor during the debate of the vote Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) said that, "This is not about the individual who has been nominated." He went on to indicate that the block was the beginning of "a bipartisan timeout" leading up to the November 6 presidential election.[1] It is expected that the Senate will not take up any more federal judicial appointments until after the election.

Utah judgeship vacancy deemed an emergency 2012-07-14 20:52:24

Salt Lake City, Utah: A vacancy in the District of Utah created by Judge Tena Campbell's move to senior status in January 2011 has been deemed an "emergency" by court officials.[1]

The nominee awaiting confirmation, Robert Shelby, is currently stuck in "limbo amid partisan gridlock," and it’s unclear if the Senate will approve him before its August recess.[1]

A judicial emergency is declared when a vacancy has caused the court to overflow with cases with too few judges to hear them, slowing down judicial process.[1] Nominee Robert Shelby was appointed by Barack Obama in 2011 and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, but the full Senate has yet to vote on him.

Often, nominees considered a "judicial emergency" get preference for the Senate to hear and vote on quickly. Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia explains, "It lets the members of the Senate and Judiciary Committee know it’s more urgent. ... The point is, this needs to be filled as soon as possible."[1]

Tobias also speculated that the Senate has been slow to fill district and circuit court openings mostly due to partisan politics playing out in Washington.[1]

The office of Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) indicated that how soon a confirmation vote on Shelby happens would be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) from Nevada.[1] Spokesman Matthew Harakal said that Hatch is confident Shelby should have no trouble being confirmed since there is no controversy surrounding him and he’s qualified.[1]

Two judges appointed to Utah's 3rd district court 2012-06-26 09:11:41

Salt Lake City, Utah: On June 19, 2012 Governor Gary R. Herbert announced two new judges appointed to fill vacancies in Utah's 3rd district.[1]

Su J. Chon and James T. Blanch were named as the appointees to fill the vacancies of Judges Sandra N. Peuler and Tyrone E. Medley. Judge Peuler retired from the court in 2011.[2] Judge Medley announced his plan to retire from the court in 2012. Medley's retirement is set for June 30, 2012.[3][4]

As judicial appointees, Chon and Blanch are still subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.[1]

Chon is an attorney for the Office of Property Rights Ombudsman (OPRO) with the state of Utah.[1] She has a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. Chon is also currently serving as a commissioner of the Utah State Bar.[1]

Blanch is a civil litigation attorney with Parsons Behle & Latimer and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.[1] He has a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and has served on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure since 1999 and in various roles with the Salt Lake County Bar Association.[1]

Utah's 3rd Judicial District serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

Retirement and Senior Status news

Major news concerning Federal Retirements from the Judicial Update:

Federal Judge Frank Polozola dies 2013-02-26 07:37:42

Louisiana: Yesterday it was announced that Judge Frank Polozola, who was serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, has died. Polozola was born in 1942 and was appointed to the court in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.[1]

During his judicial career, Polozola served as a federal magistrate judge from 1972 until becoming an Article III judge eight years later. He served on the court until January 2007, when he adopted senior status. During that time, Polozola was Chief Judge from 1998 to 2005.[2]

Chief Judge Brian Jackson, who succeeded Polozola on the court, said:

He was an extraordinary jurist. He was devoted to the rule of law. He took very seriously his obligations under the constitution...On a personal level, he was a very caring and compassionate man. I think it's fair to say that here at the courthouse he was a father figure to all, and that we will all miss him greatly.[1] [3]

Because Judge Polozola was already serving on senior status, his death does not create a new vacancy on the court. However, the Middle District of Louisiana already has one vacancy out of three posts.

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Advertiser, "U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola dies," February 25, 2013
  2. Frank Polozola
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge retires after 44 years 2012-08-07 14:37:50

Rhode Island: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Arthur Votolato, the first bankruptcy judge in Rhode Island, has retired after 44 years on the court. By the time of his retirement on July 31, he had been the only judge to have ever served on this court. He was appointed in 1978. This also makes him the longest-serving bankruptcy judge in the country. Over 100 people showed up at the courthouse to celebrate his retirement. He mentioned some health concerns, as well as a desire to spend more time with family, as reasons for his decision. Diane Finkle has been appointed as his successor.[1]

Reid's attempt to advance Oklahoma judicial nominee fails as OK senators vote "present" 2012-08-01 21:40:01

Washington, D.C.: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set up a vote on Monday in an attempt to advance Robert Bacharach, an Oklahoma judge nominated for a position on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, past a Republican filibuster. Reid's effort was supported by only three Republican senators and came up four votes shy of the number needed to move the nomination process forward.[1]

Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both Republicans who previously had strongly endorsed Bacharach for the federal judgeship, refused to vote one way or the other on Monday. Rather than voting for or against advancing Bacharach's nomination, both senators voted "present," which is "essentially [the equivalent of] not taking a side."[1]

Before the vote, Reid informed the Senate that Coburn had referred to Bacharach as "an awfully good candidate caught in election-year politics," and suggested that if the Oklahoma senators refused to vote in favor of advancing Bacharach's nomination, "blatant partisanship will be to blame."[1] Earlier in July, leading members of the legal community in Oklahoma wrote a letter encouraging Coburn and Inhofe to "use their 'considerable influence'" to move Bacharach's nomination forward, in the interest of seeing a qualified candidate placed in a position that has now been vacant for over two years.[2] However, Coburn and Inhofe conferred about their position before Monday's action and agreed that they would not vote against their party's interests.[1]

Republican senators are currently blocking the advance of multiple Obama nominees in the hopes that Mitt Romney will win the election this fall, gaining the ability to nominate new candidates to open federal court seats. Each party is accusing the other of playing political games.[1]


Contents
1 Vacancy News
2 Vacancy Information
2.1 Vacancy warning system
2.2 U.S. Map
2.3 Current vacancies
3 Appointment Status
4 Empty Benches Vacancy Timeline

Vacancy warning system

This system was developed by the staff at Judgepedia to readily indicate 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 a no vacant seats have green headings. Percentages in between are indicated by the chart below. The headings and borders on the info boxes of all district and appellate courts will be changed to reflect this system.

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

U.S. Map

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Current vacancies

Federal Appellate Courts
CourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
District of Columbia Circuit110 0
Federal Circuit121 8
Third Circuit141 7
Fourth Circuit151 7
Sixth Circuit161 6
Tenth Circuit120 0
Second Circuit130 0
Eleventh Circuit123 25
Seventh Circuit111 9
First Circuit60 0
[[United States Court of Appeals|]]
Fifth Circuit172 12
Eighth Circuit110 0
Ninth Circuit290 0
1st through 6th circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
5th Southern District of Mississippi60 0
5th Northern District of Mississippi30 0
5th Eastern District of Louisiana120 0
5th Middle District of Louisiana31 33
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 Kentucky43 75
6th Eastern District of Tennessee50 0
6th Middle District of Tennessee40 0
6th Western District of Tennessee50 0
5th Eastern District of Texas82 25
5th Northern District of Texas121 8
5th Southern District of Texas195 26
5th Western District of Texas131 8
1st District of Massachusetts131 8
1st District of Puerto Rico70 0
1st District of New Hampshire30 0
1st District of Rhode Island30 0
2nd District of Connecticut81 13
2nd District of Vermont20 0
2nd Eastern District of New York151 7
2nd Northern District of New York51 20
2nd Southern District of New York280 0
2nd Western District of New York40 0
3rd District of Delaware40 0
3rd District of New Jersey171 6
3rd Eastern District of Pennsylvania225 23
3rd Middle District of Pennsylvania60 0
3rd Western District of Pennsylvania103 30
4th District of South Carolina101 10
4th District of Maryland100 0
4th Eastern District of North Carolina41 25
4th Middle District of North Carolina41 25
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 Columbia162 13


7th through 11th and D.C. circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
7th Eastern District of Wisconsin51 20
10th District of Kansas61 17
7th Western District of Wisconsin20 0
7th Northern District of Illinois221 5
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 Nebraska30 0
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 Missouri91 11
8th Western District of Missouri71 14
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 Oklahoma71 14
10th District of New Mexico70 0
10th District of Utah51 20
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 Florida182 11
11th Middle District of Georgia41 25
11th Northern District of Georgia113 27
11th Southern District of Georgia30 0

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Contents
1 Vacancy News
2 Vacancy Information
3 Appointment Status
3.1 Stats
3.2 Pending appointments
4 Empty Benches Vacancy Timeline

Stats

There are currently 56 judges awaiting approval from the Senate. At the end of the 2010 legislative session, the Senate returned all appointments to Obama for reconsideration under the new congress. On January 5, 2011 Obama reappointed all but one of those candidates (Robert Chatigny was not reappointed). [1]

Pending appointments

Names in red background have been Returned to the President.
Names with a slash through them have been confirmed and written up.
Names in red background with a slash through them have been returned and the appointment has been canceled.


Name (Last, First) Court Nomination Past Nomination ABA Hearing Reported by Committee Past Committee Reports Confirmation Vote Returned to President
Bissoon, Cathy Western District of Pennsylvania 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Unanimously Qualified 6/22/2011 7/21/2011 10/17/2011 12/22/2010
Allen, Arenda Eastern District of Virginia 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 2/16/2011 3/10/2011 5/11/2011 12/22/2010
Battaglia, Anthony Southern District of California 1/5/2011 (5/20/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/29/2010 2/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 3/7/2011 12/22/2010
Boasberg, James District of Columbia 1/5/2011 (6/17/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/15/2010 2/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 3/14/2011 12/22/2010
Briccetti, Vincent Southern District of New York 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 2/16/2011 3/10/2011 4/12/2011 12/22/2010
Butler, Louis Western District of Wisconsin 1/5/2011 (9/30/2009, 1/20/2010, 9/13/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 11/4/2009 (12/3/2009, 2/4/2010, 9/23/2010) 12/17/2011 (12/24/2009, 8/5/2010, 12/22/2010)
Cain, Timothy District of South Carolina 2/16/2011 Unanimously Qualified 5/4/2011 5/26/2011 9/20/2011
Carney, Susan Second Circuit 1/5/2011 (5/20/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 9/15/2010 2/17/2011 (12/1/2010) 5/17/2011 12/22/2010
Cecchi, Claire District of New Jersey 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 3/2/2011 3/31/2011 12/22/2010
Chatigny, Robert Second Circuit (2/24/2010, 9/13/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 4/28/2010 12/22/2010 (8/5/2010)
Chen, Edward Northern District of California 1/5/2011 (8/6/2009, 1/20/2010, 9/13/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/23/2009 3/17/2011 (10/15/2009, 2/4/2010, 9/23/2010) 5/9/2011 12/22/2010 (12/24/2009, 8/5/2010)
Cogburn, Max Western District of North Carolina 1/5/2011 (5/27/2010) Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 11/17/2010 2/3/2011 (12/8/2010) 3/10/2011 12/22/2010
D'Agostino, Mae Northern District of New York 1/5/2011 (9/29/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 2/2/2011 3/3/2011 3/28/2011 12/22/2010
Dalton, Roy Middle District of Florida 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 3/2/2011 3/31/2011 5/2/2011 12/22/2010
Darrow, Sara Central District of Illinois 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Unanimously Qualified 4/13/2011 May 12, 2011 8/2/2011 12/22/2010
Davila, Edward Northern District of California 1/5/2011 (5/20/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 9/29/2010 2/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 2/14/2011 12/22/2010
Day, Charles (Withdrawn) District of Maryland 1/5/2011 (7/21/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 10/31/2011(Withdrawn)(12/22/2010)
Donald, Bernice Sixth Circuit 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 3/16/2011 5/9/2011 9/6/2011 12/22/2010
DuMont, Edward Federal Circuit 1/5/2011 (4/14/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 11/8/2011 Withdrawn (12/22/2010)
Graves, James Fifth Circuit 1/5/2011 (6/10/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/29/2010 2/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 2/14/2011 12/22/2010
Halligan, Caitlin District of Columbia 1/5/2011 (9/29/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 2/2/2011 3/10/2011 12/17/2011 (12/22/2010)
Hernandez, Marco District of Oregon 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Unanimously Qualified 11/17/2010 3/3/2011 (12/8/2010) 2/7/2011 12/22/2010
Holmes, Paul Western District of Arkansas 1/5/2011 (4/28/2010 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/29/2010 2/3/2011 (12/8/2010) 2/7/2011 12/22/2010
Hornak, Mark Western District of Pennsylvania 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 6/22/2011 7/21/2011 10/19/2011 12/22/2010
Jackson, Amy District of Columbia 1/5/2011 (6/17/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/15/2010 2/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 3/17/2011 12/22/2010
Jackson, R. Brooke District of Colorado 1/5/2011 (9/29/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 4/13/2011 5/12/2011 8/2/2011 12/22/2010
Jones, Steve Northern District of Georgia 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 11/17/2010 2/3/2011 (12/8/2010) 2/28/2011 12/22/2010
Kronstadt, John Central District of California 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 2/16/2011 3/10/2011 4/12/2011 12/22/2010
Liu, Goodwin Ninth Circuit 1/5/2011 (2/24/2010, 9/13/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 3/2/2011(4/16/2010) 4/7/2011 (5/13/2010, 9/23/2010) 5/25/2011(Withdrawn)(12/22/2010, 8/5/2010)
Mariani, Robert Middle District of Pennsylvania 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 6/22/2011 7/21/20111 10/19/2011 12/22/2010
Marmolejo, Marina Southern District of Texas 1/5/2011 (7/28/2010) Unanimously Qualified 5/24/2011 6/16/2011 10/3/2011 12/22/2010
McConnell, John District of Rhode Island 1/5/2011 (3/10/2010, 9/13/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 5/13/2010 3/31/2011 (6/17/2010, 9/23/2010) 5/4/2011 12/22/2010 (8/5/2010)
Myerscough, Sue Central District of Illinois 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Unanimously Qualified 9/15/2010 2/17/2011 (12/1/2010) 3/7/2011 12/22/2010
Nourse, Victoria Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 12/22/2010
Reyna, Jimmie Federal Circuit 1/5/2011 (9/29/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 2/16/2011 3/10/2011 4/4/2011 12/22/2010
Ross, John Eastern District of Missouri 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 5/4/2011 5/26/2011 9/20/2011 12/22/2010
Salas, Esther District of New Jersey 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 3/2/2011 4/7/2011 6/14/2011 12/22/2010
Saldaña, Diana Southern District of Texas 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/29/2010 3/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 2/7/2011 12/22/2010
Shadid, James Central District of Illinois 1/5/2011 (5/27/2010) Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 9/15/2010 2/17/2011 (12/1/2010) 3/7/2011 12/22/2010
Sharp, Kevin Middle District of Tennessee 1/5/2011 (11/17/2010) Unanimously Qualified 3/2/2011 3/31/2011 5/2/2011 12/22/2010
Simon, Michael District of Oregon 1/5/2011 (7/14/2010) Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 11/17/2010 2/17/2011 (12/8/2010) 6/21/2011 12/22/2010
Totenberg, Amy Northern District of Georgia 1/5/2011 (3/17/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 9/15/2010 3/3/2011 (12/1/2010) 2/28/2011 12/22/2010
Urbanski, Michael Western District of Virginia 1/5/2011 (12/1/2010) Unanimously Well Qualified 2/16/2011 3/10/2011 5/12/2011 12/22/2010
Williams, Kathleen Southern District of Florida 1/5/2011 (7/21/2010) Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 2/2/2011 5/12/2011 8/2/2011 12/22/2010
Floyd, Henry Fourth Circuit 1/26/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 4/13/2011 5/12/2011 10/3/2011
Green, Michael C. Western District of New York 1/26/2011 Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 5/24/2011 6/16/2011 12/17/2011
Manglona, Ramona V. Northern Mariana Islands 1/26/2011 Unanimously Qualified 3/16/2011 4/7/2011 7/26/2011
Oetken, J. Paul Southern District of New York 1/26/2011 Unanimously Qualified 3/16/2011 4/7/2011 7/18/2011
Ramos, Nelva Gonzales Southern District of Texas 1/26/2011 Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 4/13/2011 5/12/2011 8/2/2011
Silas, Natasha P. Northern District of Georgia 1/26/2011 Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 12/17/2011
Skavdahl, Scott District of Wyoming 2/16/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 7/13/2011 9/8/2011 11/3/2011
Walker, Linda T.,/span> Northern District of Georgia 1/26/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 12/17/2011
Brown, Nannette Eastern District of Louisiana 3/2/2011 Unanimously Qualified 5/4/2011 5/26/2011 10/3/2011
Lewis, Wilma United States District Court for the U.S. Virgin Islands 3/2/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 5/24/2011 6/26/2011 6/30/2011
Torresen, Nancy District of Maine 3/2/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 5/4/2011 5/26/2011 10/3/2011
Six, Steve Tenth Circuit 3/9/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 5/24/2011 12/17/2011
Nathan, Alison Southern District of New York 3/31/2011 Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 6/8/2011 7/14/2011 10/13/2011
Triche-Milazzo, Jane Eastern District of Louisiana 3/16/2011 Unanimously Qualified 6/8/2011 7/14/2011 10/11/2011
Lewis, Mary Geiger District of South Carolina 3/16/2011 Unanimously Qualified
Kuntz, William F. Eastern District of New York 3/9/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 5/4/2011 5/26/2011 10/3/2011
Mikkanen, Arvo Northern District of Oklahoma 2/2/2011 Unanimously Qualified 12/17/2011
Engelmayer, Paul A. Southern District of New York 2/2/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 3/16/2011 4/7/2011 7/26/2011
Beckwith, Corinne Ann D.C. Appeals 3/31/2011
Hickey, Susan Western District of Arkansas 4/6/2011 Unanimously Qualified 6/8/2011 7/14/2011 10/13/2011
Gleason, Sharon District of Alaska 4/6/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 7/13/2011 9/8/2011 11/15/2011
Ramos, Edgardo Southern District of New York 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 7/28/2011 9/15/2011 12/5/2011
Droney, Christopher Second Circuit 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 6/22/2011 7/21/2011 11/28/2011
Christensen, Dana District of Montana 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/7/2011 10/6/2011 12/5/2011
Gerrard, Jon District of Nebraska 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/20/2011 10/13/2011 1/23/2012
Rogers, Yvonne Gonzalez Northern District of California 5/4/2011 Unanimously Qualified 7/13/2011 9/8/2011 11/15/2011
Scola, Robert Southern District of Florida 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 6/22/2011 7/21/2011 10/19/2011
Forrest, Katherine Southern District of New York 5/4/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 6/8/2011 7/14/2011 10/13/2011
Higginson, Stephen Fifth Circuit 5/5/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 6/8/2011 7/14/2011 10/31/2011
Andrews, Richard District of Delaware 5/11/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 7/13/2011 9/8/2011 11/3/2011
Bencivengo, Cathy Southern District of California 5/11/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/7/2011 10/6/2011 2/9/2012
Helmick, Jeffrey Northern District of Ohio 5/11/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
Christen, Morgan Ninth Circuit 5/18/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 7/13/2011 9/8/2011 12/15/2011
Gilstrap, James Eastern District of Texas 5/19/2011 Unanimously Qualified 7/28/2011 9/15/2011 12/5/2011
Groh, Gina Marie Northern District of West Virginia 5/19/2011 Unanimously Qualified 9/7/2011 10/6/2011
Carter, Andrew L. Southern District of New York 5/19/2011 Unanimously Qualified 7/28/2011 9/15/2011 12/5/2011
Brodie, Margo Eastern District of New York 6/7/2011 Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 9/7/2011 10/6/2011 2/27/2012
Morgan, Susie Eastern District of Louisiana 6/7/2011 Unanimously Qualified 10/19/2011
Furman, Jesse Southern District of New York 6/7/2011 Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 7/28/2011 9/15/2011 2/15/2012
Phillips, Mary Elizabeth Western District of Missouri 6/7/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/20/2011 10/13/2011
Zipps, Jennifer District of Arizona 6/23/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 7/28/2011 9/8/2011 10/3/2011
Marquez, Rosemary District of Arizona 6/23/2011 Unanimously Qualified
Nuffer, David District of Utah 6/29/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/20/2011 10/13/2011
Rice, Thomas Eastern District of Washington 6/29/2011 Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 9/20/2011 10/13/2011
Wallach, Evan United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 7/28/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/7/2011 10/6/2011 11/8/2011
Abrams, Ronnie Southern District of New York 7/28/2011 Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 10/4/2011 11/3/2011
Contreras, Rudolph District of Columbia 7/28/2011 Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified 10/4/2011 11/3/2011
Du, Miranda District of Nevada 8/2/2011 Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified 10/4/2011 11/3/2011
Jordan, Adalberto Eleventh Circuit 8/2/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 9/20/2011 10/13/2011 2/15/2012
Thacker, Stephanie Fourth Circuit 9/8/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 10/4/2011 11/3/2011
Costa, Gregg Southern District of Texas 9/8/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified 11/2/2011
Guaderrama, David Western District of Texas 9/14/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified 11/2/2011
Nguyen, Jacqueline Ninth Circuit 9/22/2011 Unanimously Qualified 11/2/2011
Wimes, Brian District of Oregon 9/22/2011 Unanimously Qualified
Shwartz, Patty Third Circuit 10/5/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified
Watford, Paul Ninth Circuit 10/17/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified
Hurwitz, Andrew Ninth Circuit 11/2/2011 Unanimously Well Qualified
Baker, Kristine Gerhard Eastern District of Arkansas 11/2/2011 Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
Taranto, Richard Gary United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 11/10/2011
Curiel, Gonzalo P. Southern District of California 11/10/2011
Lee, John Z. Northern District of Illinois 11/10/2011
Russell III, George L. District of Maryland 11/10/2011
Tharp, Jr., John Northern District of Illinois 11/10/2011
Drain, Gershwin Eastern District of Michigan 11/23/2011
Shelby, Robert District of Utah 11/30/2011
Rosenbaum, Robin Southern District of Florida 11/30/2011
Hillman, Timothy District of Massachusetts 11/30/2011
Fowlkes, John T. Western District of Tennessee 12/16/2011
McNulty, Kevin District of New Jersey 12/16/2011
Kayatta, William First Circuit 1/23/2012
Bacharach, Robert Tenth Circuit 1/23/2012
Shipp, Michael District of New Jersey 1/23/2012
Rose, Stephanie Southern District of Iowa 2/3/2012
Shea, Michael District of Connecticut 2/3/2012
Pryor, Jill Eleventh Circuit 2/16/2012
Cadish, Elissa District of Nevada 2/16/2012
Grimm, Paul District of Maryland 2/16/2012
Walker, Mark E. Northern District of Florida 2/16/2012
Davis, Brian Middle District of Florida 2/29/2012
Dowdell, John Northern District of Oklahoma 2/29/2012

Vacancy timeline

Contents
1 Vacancy News
2 Vacancy Information
3 Appointment Status
4 Empty Benches Vacancy Timeline
4.1 Weekly reports
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Date Change from last week Appellate and Supreme Court Vacancies (% of Posts) District Court Vacancies (% of Posts) Total Vacancies (% of Posts)
4/6/2011 17 (9%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5% )
4/13/2011 +2 and -2 = 0 change 17 (9%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5% )
4/20/2011 0 change 17 (9%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5% )
4/27/2011 0 change 17 (9%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5% )
5/4/2011 +2 and -1 = +1 change 17 (9%) 73 (10.7%) 90 (10.4% )
5/11/2011 +2 = +2 change 17 (9%) 71 (10.4%) 88 (10.1% )
5/18/2011 +3 = +3 change 16 (9%) 69 (10.1%) 85 (9.8% )
6/8/2011 -3 = -3 change 16 (9%) 72 (10.6%) 88 (10.1%)
6/15/2011 +2 = +2 change 16 (9%) 70 (10.2%) 86 (9.9%)
6/22/2011 +1 and -1 = No change 16 (9%) 70 (10.2%) 86 (9.9%)
6/29/2011 No change 16 (9%) 70 (10.2%) 86 (9.9%)
7/6/2011 -1 17 (9.5%) 70 (10.3%) 87 (10%)
7/13/2011 -1 17 (9.5%) 71 (10.4%) 88 (10.1%)
7/20/2011 +1 and -1 = 0 change 17 (9.5%) 71 (10.4%) 88 (10.1%)
7/27/2011 +1 and -1 = 0 change 17 (9.5%) 71 (10.4%) 88 (10.1%)
8/3/2011 +1 and -2 = -1change 18 (10.1%) 71 (10.4%) 89 (10.3%)
8/10/2011 +3 = +3change 18 (10.1%) 68 (9.9%) 86 (9.9%)
8/17/2011 -3 = -3change 18 (10.1%) 71 (10.4%) 89 (10.3%)
8/24/2011 0 change 18 (10.1%) 71 (10.4%) 89 (10.3%)
8/31/2011 -2 = -2change 18 (10.1%) 73 (10.7%) 91 (10.5%)
9/7/2011 No change 18 (10.1%) 73 (10.7%) 91 (10.5%)
9/14/2011 -2 and +1 = -1change 17 (9.5%) 75 (11%) 92 (10.6%)
9/21/2011 +2 = +2 change 17 (9.5%) 73 (10.7%) 90 (10.4%)
9/28/2011 -2 = -2 change 18 (10.1%) 74 (10.9%) 92 (10.6%)
10/5/2011 -3 and +6 = +3 change 17 (9.5%) 72 (10.6%) 89 (10.3%)
10/12/2011 -1 and +1 = 0 change 17 (9.5%) 72 (10.6%) 89 (10.3%)
10/19/2011 -1 and +4 = +3 change 18 (10.1%) 68 (9.9%) 86 (9.9%)
10/26/2011 +3 = +3 change 18 (10.1%) 65 (9.6%) 83 (9.6%)
11/2/2011 +1 = +1 change 17 (9.5%) 65 (9.6%) 82 (9.4%)
11/9/2011 +3 = +3 change 16 (8.9%) 63 (9.3%) 79 (9.1%)
11/16/2011 +2 and -1 = +1 change 16 (8.9%) 62 (9.1%) 78 (9%)
11/23/2011 -1 = -1 change 16 (8.9%) 63 (9.3%) 79 (9.1%)
11/30/2011 +1 and -1 = 0 change 15 (8.4%) 64 (9.4%) 79 (9.1%)
12/7/2011 +4 and -1 = +3 change 15 (8.4%) 61 (9%) 76 (8.8%)
12/14/2011 0 change 15 (8.4%) 61 (9%) 76 (8.8%)
12/21/2011 +1 and -2 = -2 change 14 (7.8%) 63 (9.3%) 77 (8.9%)
1/11/2012 -5 = -5 change 16 (8.9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
1/25/2012 +1 = +1 change 16 (8.9%) 65 (9.6%) 81 (9.3%)
2/1/2012 -1 = -1 change 16 (8.9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
2/8/2012 -1 = -1 change 17 (9.5%) 66 (9.7%) 83 (9.6%)
2/15/2012 -1 and +1 = 0 change 17 (9.5%) 66 (9.7%) 83 (9.6%)
2/22/2012 -1 and +2 = +1 change 16 (9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
2/29/2012 +1 = +1 change 16 (9%) 65 (9.6%) 81 (9.3%)
3/7/2012 -1 and +1 = 0 change 16 (9%) 65 (9.6%) 81 (9.3%)

Weekly reports

A list of past issues of Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count


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