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Elissa Cadish (D. Nevada)

Withdrawn March 8, 2013


On March 8, 2013, President Obama withdrew his nomination of Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish, after home-state Sen. Dean Heller continued to deny Cadish a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to fill one of three vacant District of Nevada seats. On Jan. 3, 2013, President Obama renominated Cadish for the federal district court, and the American Bar Association again rated Cadish unanimously Qualified.

Home-state Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller refused to allow Cadish to even have a hearing, despite strong calls from the Editorial boards of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, and Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada newspaper columns, and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). 

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

Ironically, it is “Sen. Heller’s misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s coincidentally-named D.C. v. Heller decision has led him to block a Judiciary Committee hearing ….” Sen. Heller v. Heller: The Latest Unjustifiable Obstruction of a Nominee to Fill a Federal Judicial Emergency Vacancy (American Constitution Society Blog, Glenn Sugameli, Guest Post).

President Obama originally nominated Cadish to fill a U.S. Courts-declared judicial emergency vacancy on Feb. 16, 2012.

In 2007, Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons appointed Cadish to replace a retired state judge. She was elected in 2008 with strong support from the Editorial Boards of the Las Vegas Sun, and of the Las Vegas Review Journal, which stated: “In her knowledge of the law, in her intellectual firepower and judicial demeanor, Elissa Cadish was a superlative appointment who voters can proudly retain.”

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