Leave no vacancy unfilled (until January 20).
Biden: Harsh Voruganti of the Vetting Room identifies four judges as possible Biden Supreme Court nominees. They are Ketanji Brown Jackson (D-DC), Leondra Kruger (California Supreme Court), Sri Srinivasan (DC Circuit), and Paul Watford (9th Circuit).
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings:
The Federal Judiciary:
Supreme Court: The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit by the Texas Attorney General attempting to overturn the election results in four states. Andrew McCarthy explains why the suit was frivolous.
Alito: Justice Alito recently gave a speech to the Federalist Society. He criticized the court's lack of vigilance in protecting religious liberty and the Second Amendment. He implicitly criticized Chief Justice Roberts on those issues.
5th Circuit: Senior Judge Thomas Morrow Reavley died on December 1 at age 99. He was on the Texas Supreme Court (1968-1977), and Carter appointed him to the 5th Circuit in 1979. He took senior status in 1990. He married fellow 5th Circuit judge and Carter appointee Carolyn Dineen King in 2004.
State Supreme Courts:
6th Circuit (May 23) R. Guy Cole (Clinton) -> Jeffrey Sutton (W)
Federal Circuit (May 24) Sharon Proust (W) -> Kimberly Ann Moore (W)
9th Circuit (December 1) Sidney Thomas (Clinton) -> Mary Murguia (Obama)
3rd Circuit (December 4) Brooks Smith (W) -> Michael Chagares (W)
There could be more, and the dates could be sooner, if any chief judge steps down early.
Senior status: Harsh Voruganti of the Vetting Room reviews the history of taking senior status upon confirmation of a successor, an increasingly common practice.
Bench Memos (National Review)
The Vetting Room
Twitter: FedJudges Senate Cloakroom
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Judicial Ratings
Wikipedia: US Appeals Courts Trump Judges
Senior Status Spreadsheet
Future Judicial Vacancies
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