Leave no vacancy unfilled.
Biden: Dana Remus will be Biden’s White House counsel. She was a clerk for Justice Alito, and supported the nominations of fellow clerks Michael Park and Andy Oldham. A fellow clerk says that Remus “never held herself out as especially ideological”.
Biden: President-elect Biden's team is supposedly vetting potential judicial nominees. It isn't clear for which positions, since there are very few vacancies at present. They are supposedly looking for candidates with "demographic diversity, but also different backgrounds", so finding candidates who fit their criteria could slow the process.
Feingold: The leftist American Constitution Society, run by former Senator Russ Feingold, is sending a list of prospective judicial nominees to Biden. It remains to be seen whether their list will be put in the shredder by Biden or McConnell.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings:
December 3 (business): Thomas Kirsch (7th Circuit) and four district court nominees are likely to be held over.
The Federal Judiciary:
7th Circuit: Judge Joel Flaum took senior status on November 30 at age 84. He was appointed to ND-IL by Ford in 1974 and to the 7th Circuit by Reagan in 1983. He has a moderate record. He was the longest-serving active appeals court judge. That honor will now go to Pauline Newman of the Federal Circuit.
State Supreme Courts:
Numbers and Trivia:
Kennedy: Ilya Shapiro reviews the history of Anthony Kennedy's confirmation and his jurisprudence on the court.
Bench Memos (National Review)
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