Robe & Gavel: Federal Judicial Vacancy Count Released For August 2023
We hope you’re staying cool this summer, dear readers. Although SCOTUS is currently in recess, we’ve got plenty to catch up on. So grab a glass of refreshing lemonade, and let’s gavel in!
Noteworthy court announcements
Here’s a quick roundup of the court’s most recent noteworthy announcements since the July 10 edition of Robe & Gavel:
SCOTUS issues October argument calendar
- On July 14, SCOTUS released its calendar for the October sitting of the 2023-2024 term, scheduling six cases for argument.
Click the links below to learn more about the cases:
October 2, 2023
October 3, 2023
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America, Limited
October 4, 2023
October 10, 2023
October 11, 2023
Since our previous issue, SCOTUS has accepted no new cases to its merits docket. To date, the court has agreed to hear 22 cases during its 2023-2024 term. Of the 22 cases, one was dismissed.
SCOTUS has not issued any opinions since our previous edition.
The Federal Vacancy Count tracks vacancies, nominations, and confirmations to all United States Article III federal courts in a one-month period. This month’s edition includes nominations, confirmations, and vacancies from July 2 to Aug 1.
- Vacancies: There was one new vacancy since the July report. There are 69 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions in courts covered in this report. Including the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States territorial courts, 70 of 890 active federal judicial positions are vacant.
- Nominations: There were four new nominations since the July 2023 report.
- Confirmations: There were four new confirmations since the July 2023 report.
A breakdown of the vacancies at each level can be found in the table below. For a more detailed look at the vacancies in the federal courts, click here.
One judge left active status since the previous vacancy count, creating an Article III life-term vacancy. The president nominates judges, who are then subject to Senate confirmation.
- Judge Jon E. DeGuilio assumed senior status on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
The following map shows the number of vacancies in the U.S. District Courts as of Aug. 1.
- Joshua Kolar, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Richard Federico, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Jeffrey M. Bryan, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- Eumi Lee, to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
The president has announced 176 Article III judicial nominations since taking office on January 20, 2021. For more information on the president’s judicial nominees, click here.
As of Aug. 1, the Senate has confirmed 140 of President Biden’s judicial nominees—103 district court judges, 36 appeals court judges, and one Supreme Court justice—since January 2021.
- Rachel Bloomekatz, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Tiffany Cartwright, to the U.S. Court for the Western District of Washington
- Myong Joun, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Kymberly Evanson, to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Comparison of Article III judicial appointments over time by president (1981-Present)
- Presidents have made an average of 125 judicial appointments through Aug. 1 of their third year in office.
- President Bill Clinton (D) made the most appointments through Aug. 1 of his third year with 156. President Barack Obama (D) made the fewest with 91.
- President Ronald Reagan (R) made the most appointments through one year in office with 41. President Barack Obama (D) made the fewest with 13.
- President Donald Trump (R) made the most appointments in four years with 234. President Ronald Reagan (R) made the fewest through four years with 166.
Need a daily fix of judicial nomination, confirmation, and vacancy information? Click here for continuing updates on the status of all federal judicial nominees.
Or, keep an eye on this list for updates on federal judicial nominations.
We’ll be back on Sept. 11 with a new edition of Robe & Gavel. Until then, gaveling out!
Myj Saintyl compiled and edited this newsletter, with contributions from Sam Post.
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