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Idaho Chief U.S. District Judge & Chief Bankruptcy Judge (08/15/13)
Judges B. Lynn Winmill & Terry L. Myers: "we have only two authorized judgeships, even though our caseload and population suggest we should have at least three district judges. Plus, we are perhaps the only district in the United States with no senior judges"

American Bar Association approved Resolution supporting enactment of comprehensive legislation to authorize needed permanent and temporary federal judgeships (08/13/13)
"FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the President of the United States to advance nominees for current vacancies for federal judicial positions promptly and the United States Senate to hear and vote on those nominations expeditiously, with particular focus on the vacancies in the federal districts with identified judicial emergencies so that affected courts may adjudicate all cases in a fair, just and timely manner."

Justice at Stake letter in support of the Federal Judgeship Act of 2013 (S. 1385) (07/31/13)
Justice at Stake (JAS) is a nonpartisan, national partnership of more than fifty organizations dedicated to keeping our courts fair and impartial.

Ninth Circuit Courts Welcome Senate Introduction of Judgeship Bill (07/31/13)
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United St ates Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today welcomed the introduction of legislation authorizing additional judgeships for the nation's most overburdened federal courts, many of which are in the western states. ... “We appreciate this effort to provide the judiciary with additional resources. A number of courts here in the Ninth Circuit are struggling to contend with overwhelming caseloads. This bill would provide much needed relief to our judges and staff, and serve the public by ensuring swifter resolution of critical legal issues,” Judge Kozinski said.

Letter from 31 retired U.S. armed forces officers in strong support of Cornelia (Nina) Pillard D.C. Circuit nomination (07/22/13)
"While an Assistant in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office, Professor Pillard wrote the legal briefs that challenged VMI’s exclusion of women....The Supreme Court agreed: in a 7-1 decision, it found VMI’s exclusion of women to be unconstitutional....We support Professor Pillard’s nomination because her accomplishments and credentials demonstrate that she has the qualifications to be a federal appellate judge, and because her dedication to principles of equality demonstrates that she will be a great one."