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White House no longer wants ABA evaluations for judicial spots (Indiana Lawyer, 04/03/17)
Marilyn Odendahl: But the reports provided to the Senate committee will come after the nominee has been introduced to the public. Glenn Sugameli, director of the Judging the Environment Project which monitors federal judicial nominations, said in the past, some individuals being considered for a federal judgeship were rejected after the ABA raised concerns about their qualifications or temperament. This allowed the White House to avoid a potentially disastrous nominee altogether.... Sugameli pointed to what he called the irony that the administration announced it will forego the ABA evaluations during the time when it and Senate Republicans are touting the high rating given to Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Indeed Judiciary chair Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, boasted after the ABA gave Gorsuch a unanimously well qualified rating. “Why is it relevant for this nomination but not for others?” Sugameli asked of the ABA evaluations.

Message To Dems: Block Neil Gorsuch Nomination 'Using All Available Means' President Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court called 'extreme' and 'disastrous' (Common Dreams, 01/31/17)
Lauren McCauley: as Climate Central's John Upton pointed out on Monday, "A broad refusal by Senate Republicans to approve judicial nominees during the last two years of Obama's second term means Trump could move quickly to fill 114 vacant federal judge positions. U.S. Courts data shows that to be the most vacancies in at least 20 years." Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife, told Upton that this creates "more opportunities for bad judges to get confirmed, for bad decisions to be issued, and for courts to tilt."

Trump Could Fill 114 Vacant Federal Judge Positions: That's a big problem for the future of environmental regulations. (onEarth, 01/31/17)
John Upton: Trump is a foe of environmental regulations who is working quickly to undo rules, programs, and agreements backed by President Obama to slow global warming. By appointing federal judges with similar views, Trump could make it harder for future administrations to secure courtroom approvals for new climate rules for decades to come. “It’s a very serious problem,” said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife who tracks federal judge vacancies and nominations. “It does create more opportunities for bad judges to get confirmed, for bad decisions to be issued, and for courts to tilt.”

JUSTICE FOR ALL? This is Trump’s chance to build an anti-environment federal judiciary (Grist, 01/30/17)
John Upton: By appointing federal judges with similar views, Trump could make it harder for future administrations to secure courtroom approvals for new climate rules for decades to come. “It’s a very serious problem,” said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife who tracks federal judge vacancies and nominations. “It does create more opportunities for bad judges to get confirmed, for bad decisions to be issued, and for courts to tilt.”

Record Judge Vacancies Could See Trump Recast Courts (Climate Central, 01/27/17)
John Upton: By appointing federal judges with similar views, Trump could make it harder for future administrations to secure courtroom approvals for new climate rules for decades to come. “It’s a very serious problem,” said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife who tracks federal judge vacancies and nominations. “It does create more opportunities for bad judges to get confirmed, for bad decisions to be issued, and for courts to tilt.”

UPDATE: Will Colorado Springs' mayor be tapped for federal judgeship? (Colorado Springs Independent, 01/06/17)
PAM ZUBECK: Glenn Sugameli, of Washington, D.C., who's headed the Judging the Environment judicial nominations project since 2001, set us straight on openings on the federal bench. He noted the openings referred to in the 10th Circuit are on district court benches, not the appeals court: "... they are all on the district courts within the Circuit- including Judge Blackburn's seat in Colorado- there are no vacancies on the U.S, Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit itself (unlike the four on the 9th circuit indicated by CCA for Circuit Court of Appeals). More importantly, Senators Bennet and Gardner jointly recommended and strongly pushed for action on a nominee. There is every reason why they should continue to do so given the caseload and need to move quickly to fill this seat that they both cited, and the continuing need for both home-state senators to approve any hearing (scroll down). See these press releases: Sens. Bennet, Gardner Urge Judiciary Committee to Consider Regina Rodriguez Nomination: President Nominated Rodriguez in April Following Bennet, Gardner Recommendations (Republican - Colorado) 07/12/16 Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to work swiftly to consider the nomination of Regina Rodriguez to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The Colorado senators wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy urging them to schedule a hearing and a vote on confirmation as soon as possible.... "Given the court's caseload, it's crucial that the Judiciary Committee move quickly and thoroughly to consider this nomination," Bennet said. "Regina Rodriguez is eminently qualified to serve on the District Court. We're confident that her impressive background in both the public and private sectors will serve her well on the federal bench." "Regina Rodriguez has a long record of service to Colorado," said Gardner. "She is immensely qualified to serve on the federal bench, and I'm certain that her broad experience will allow her to better serve Coloradans in a new capacity as a judge on the U.S. District Court for Colorado.""

Indiana’s judicial nominees headed toward disappointment (Indiana Lawyer, 12/28/16)
Marilyn Odendahl: Attorney Glenn Sugameli asserts there is no reason for the Senate to delay confirmations for the nominees waiting for a floor vote. These individuals have already cleared many of the hurdles to a final vote, including being vetted by the FBI and the American Bar Association and getting the approval of the judiciary committee. Sugameli is the founder of Judging the Environment, a nonprofit judicial watchdog organization. He does not see any reason that Donnelly and Young could not push forward Ong’s nomination. Also, he said, it is conceivable that Young could support Selby, a partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, for the Chicago-based court. Overall, the federal courts have 105 vacancies with 38 having been designated a judicial emergency, including the vacancy in the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The empty seats coupled with some Republican senators, namely from Idaho and Texas, clamoring for their nominees to be confirmed, could prompt the Senate could act. “I think there’s going to be pressure on the new Senate to show they can do their job,” Sugameli said, noting “a pretty easy” accomplishment would be to confirm the pending nominees.

Trump victory is the end of the line for Obama judicial nominees (USA Today, 11/11/16)
Michael Collins: Even with a new administration coming in next year, there’s still time for some of the nominees to be confirmed, said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations. “If both Tennessee senators want Stanton confirmed this year, as they have consistently urged, they should be able to obtain a vote,” Sugameli said. “There is no reason to force yet another delay for a renomination.”

Edward Stanton unlikely to be confirmed as federal judge (Commercial Appeal [TN] , 11/10/16)
Michael Collins: Even with a new administration coming in next year, there’s still time for Stanton to be confirmed, said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations. “If both Tennessee senators want Stanton confirmed this year, as they have consistently urged, they should be able to obtain a vote,” Sugameli said. “There is no reason to force yet another delay for a renomination.” Trump could renominate Stanton for the judgeship

Edward Stanton unlikely to be confirmed as federal judge (Tennessean, 11/10/16)
Michael Collins: Even with a new administration coming in next year, there’s still time for Stanton to be confirmed, said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations “If both Tennessee senators want Stanton confirmed this year, as they have consistently urged, they should be able to obtain a vote,” Sugameli said. “There is no reason to force yet another delay for a renomination.”

Edward Stanton unlikely to be confirmed as federal judge (USA Today, 11/10/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY NETWORK: Even with a new administration coming in next year, there’s still time for Stanton to be confirmed, said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations. “If both Tennessee senators want Stanton confirmed this year, as they have consistently urged, they should be able to obtain a vote,” Sugameli said. “There is no reason to force yet another delay for a renomination.” Trump could renominate Stanton for the judgeship

Ong still has path to Southern District seat (Indiana Lawyer, 11/09/16)
Marilyn Odendahl: Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of the nonprofit judicial watchdog group, Judging the Environment, said Ong still could get a confirmation vote before the end of the year but the prospects for Selby are now much dimmer. Selby’s nomination has been hindered by Coats’ refusal to sign his blue slip in support. Instead the Senator has called for the formation of a nominating commission to recommend potential candidates because the vacancy on the 7th Circuit has not been deemed an emergency. The vacancy in the Southern Indiana District, created when Judge Sarah Evans Barker took senior status in June 2014, has been designated a judicial emergency because of the high caseload. In applauding Ong’s nomination, Coats has cited the emergency as the key reason for his support. “If Coats really wants Ong, I think he certainly could get it done,” Sugameli said, “and I think he should get it done because of the strong need to fill the judicial emergency.”

Political Deadlock Leaves 'Negative Legacy' on Pennsylvania Courts (Legal Intelligencer, 11/01/16)
P.J. D'Annunzio: That judicial deadlock has morphed into a legacy of its own, according to Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., attorney who tracks judicial vacancies. "The negative legacy of the Obama years has been this mindless, destructive, across-the-board obstruction of nominees who have been recommended by even Republican senators," Sugameli said.... Sugameli called Haywood's situation another example of obstructionism and criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's defense that Obama has nominated more judges during his administration than former President George W. Bush did in his. That's because there have been more vacancies in the last eight years, Sugameli said. "There's no suggestion in the Constitution that you do a tit-for-tat, and you decide to cripple the third branch of government because there are more vacancies than before," Sugameli said.

Law professor calls for Selby to be confirmed to 7th Circuit (Indiana Lawyer, 10/07/16)
Marilyn Odendahl: "Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of the group Judging the Environment, believes the nominees for the circuit courts who have passed through the committee could still get a vote by the full Senate before the end of the year.... Sugameli said Schott could be a floor vote after the presidential election. But he is more confident that Winfield Ong will be confirmed for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Ong was nominated in January 2016 to fill the seat of Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who took senior status in June 2014. The judiciary committee unanimously approved Ong’s nomination in June 2016. Coats is supporting Ong’s nomination because the Southern District vacancy has been labeled a judicial emergency. “I’m still optimistic,” Sugameli said of the potential for judicial nominees to be confirmed. “There is such a need to fill long-term vacancies, many of which have been declared judicial emergencies, and so many home state Republican senators pushing for (the nominees), I think there will be a critical mass to push for action.”"

Delay of Obama nominee for Eastern District federal judgeship hits five months (Progressive Pulse [NC], 09/28/16)
Melissa Boughton: "It’s been 3,924 days since a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of North Carolina was left vacant. That’s more than 10 years for those who aren’t good at math, or, in layman’s terms, it’s the longest unfilled federal vacancy in the nation. Today marks five months since former Supreme Court of North Carolina Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the vacancy and five months since North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr announced he would block her nomination.... it’s the people and the businesses in the Eastern District who continue to suffer – not the president on his last leg. The U.S. Courts declared a judicial emergency there years ago. Timmons-Goodson has earned the American Bar Association’s highest rating of “well-qualified,” and would be the first person of color to serve as a federal judge in the state’s eastern district. In the words of Glenn Sugameli, a senior staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife and expert in federal judicial selection [Link to www.judgingtheenvironment.org], “It is literally true that justice delayed is justice denied.”"

Sen. Cory Booker spars with Sen. Mitch McConnell over refusal to address backlog of nominees (Record [NJ] , 09/20/16)
Herb Jackson: "After verbally sparring with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Cory Booker lost two attempts Tuesday to get the Senate to vote on stalled judicial nominees, including the top lawyer for Bergen County’s government, who was nominated by President Obama 19 months ago. The federal judiciary in New Jersey has been declared in a state of emergency because of its caseload and unfilled judgeships. ... “There’s no credible reason why we’re not moving forward besides partisanship,” Booker said .... Booker noted that all but two of the 25 judicial nominees waiting for votes got through the Judiciary Committee on unanimous voice votes, indicating there are no substantive objections to the choices. Booker said he still hoped an agreement could be reached .... The key to an agreement could be nominees from Pennsylvania, according to Glenn Sugameli, founder of a group that watches nominations called Judging the Environment. Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, faces a tough re-election campaign and has been battling to get votes for two nominees who cleared the Judiciary Committee on Jan. 28, Sugameli noted."

On Confirming Judges, Senate Just Says No (Jost on Justice: Law & Justice Blog, 09/16/16)
Kenneth Jost: Even as unfilled judicial vacancies have more than doubled over the past two years, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has now all but shut down consideration of any of Obama’s judicial nominees. The 90 vacancies include 34 that are characterized as “judicial emergencies” based on caseload figures. The policy extends to noncontroversial judicial nominees for U.S. district courts even when supported by home-state Republican senators, according to Glenn Sugameli, who has been tracking federal court nominations since 2001 on a website now called JudgingtheEnvironment.org. Sugameli, who now works as a staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, calls the obstruction “unprecedented, unjustifiable, and harmful to businesses and individuals for whom justice delayed is justice denied.”... McConnell defends the Senate’s current record by noting that the Senate has confirmed a few more Obama judges, 329 in all, than it did for Bush in his eight years: 326. Sugameli says the comparison is misleading because of the larger number of vacancies in the Obama years.

Tom Cotton continues two-year blockade of judge confirmations (Arkansas Times, 09/14/16)
Max Brantley: "Sen. Tom Cotton continues to mount a one-man blockade to confirmation of judges to the depleted federal court of claims. Thanks as ever to Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment, a judicial nominations project, for the update. Tuesday, Cotton again blocked votes on five nominees twice approved unanimously by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee to a court with six vacancies. Cotton said he's not convinced the court needs more hands. Despite the two years of deliberation on these nominations and support from his own party, Cotton characterizes the process as a "rubber stamp" of presidential nominations. With the Senate needing unanimous consent to move a vote, Cotton alone blocked it. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy said in a statement: '... Senate Republicans' obstruction playbook leaves no court behind. It spans from the very top, with their complete refusal to give a hearing and a vote to Chief Judge Merrick Garland, to the article III circuit and district courts, to the article I Court of Federal Claims, where citizens go to sue their government. This blockade of all five CFC nominees makes no sense, especially because not a single Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee raised a concern about these nominees either during the committee hearings on these nominations 2 years ago or during the Committee debate 2 years ago or last year.' You could say Tom Cotton does not play well with others."

Cruz, Cornyn try to deliver five new federal judges for Texas: Midland-based Walter David Counts is nominee for Western Distreict [sic] of Texas (Midland Reporter-Telegram [TX], 09/08/16)
Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune: Glenn Sugameli, an environmental attorney and activist who tracks judicial nominations, said the Eastern District of Texas demonstrates the real-time damage the vacancies cause. The district is the preferred venue for patent litigation, which has been held up during the current crisis. “When there are not enough judges, cases get delayed, people die, people forget things, documents are lost, all sorts of things happen,” he said. “That means that even if and when you do get to a case, it may be too late to even get justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

POLITICS Senate panel cracks logjam in shortage of federal judges in Texas (Houston News [TX], 09/08/16)
“There are plenty of reasons these seats should be filled, and need to be filled, and should have been filled a long time ago,” said Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife. “Justice delayed is literally justice denied.”

Senate panel cracks logjam in shortage of federal judges in Texas (Houston Chronicle, 09/07/16)
Kevin Diaz: The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday from five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas, among 12 openings in a state long plagued by U.S. district court backlogs. The hearing, led by Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, could represent a crack in the political logjam that has created a nationwide shortage of federal judges, legal analysts say.... None of the nominees is considered controversial.... There are currently 22 pending judicial nominations on the Senate floor, some who have been awaiting confirmation votes for a year or more.... "There are plenty of reasons these seats should be filled, and need to be filled, and should have been filled a long time ago," said Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife. "Justice delayed is literally justice denied."

Cruz, Cornyn Try to Deliver Five New Federal Judges for Texas (Texas Public Radio, 09/07/16)
JULIÁN AGUILAR & THE TEXAS TRIBUNE: Glenn Sugameli, an environmental attorney and activist who tracks judicial nominations, said the Eastern District of Texas demonstrates the real-time damage the vacancies cause. The district is the preferred venue for patent litigation, which has been held up during the current crisis. “When there are not enough judges, cases get delayed, people die, people forget things, documents are lost, all sorts of things happen,” he said. “That means that even if and when you do get to a case, it may be too late to even get justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Cruz, Cornyn Try to Deliver Five New Federal Judges for Texas (Gilmer Mirror [TX], 09/07/16)
Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune: Glenn Sugameli, an environmental attorney and activist who tracks judicial nominations, said the Eastern District of Texas demonstrates the real-time damage the vacancies cause. The district is the preferred venue for patent litigation, which has been held up during the current crisis. “When there are not enough judges, cases get delayed, people die, people forget things, documents are lost, all sorts of things happen,” he said. “That means that even if and when you do get to a case, it may be too late to even get justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Cruz, Cornyn Try to Deliver Five New Federal Judges for Texas (Texas Tribune, 09/07/16)
Julián Aguilar: Glenn Sugameli, an environmental attorney and activist who tracks judicial nominations, said the Eastern District of Texas demonstrates the real-time damage the vacancies cause. The district is the preferred venue for patent litigation, which has been held up during the current crisis. “When there are not enough judges, cases get delayed, people die, people forget things, documents are lost, all sorts of things happen,” he said. “That means that even if and when you do get to a case, it may be too late to even get justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Heightened Pressure for Senate to Act on Court Nominees, Including Garland (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 09/06/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, told the newspaper.

Senate Democrats to push for Memphis judge nominee's approval (Chattanooga Times Free Press [TN] , 09/05/16)
[Pull quote] "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism."-- GLENN SUGAMELI, FOUNDER OF THE NON-PROFIT GROUP JUDGING THE ENVIRONMENT

Clock ticking for Senate vote on Tenn. judicial nominee, others (Knoxville News Sentinel [TN], 09/05/16)
"There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations. Stanton, the U.S. attorney for Tennessee's Western District, has waited almost a year for a floor vote on his nomination.... No one questions his qualifications. He's backed by the state's two Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. He's almost certain to be confirmed, if the GOP ever agrees to give him a vote. Stanton isn't the only nominee in limbo. Twenty-seven await votes on the Senate floor, and, like Stanton, 18 would fill seats on federal district courts where cases are first heard..... most of Obama's nominees were confirmed when the Senate was under Democratic control. Republicans have confirmed just 22 judicial nominees since they returned to power in January 2015. What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Des Moines Register [IA], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA Today: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What’s more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Clarion-Ledger [MS] , 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Naples Daily News [FL] , 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Iowa City Press-Citizen, 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Las Cruces Sun-News [NM], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Waukesha Now [WI], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (El Paso Times [TX], 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Democrat and Chronicle [NY] , 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Coloradoan, 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Detroit Free Press [MI] , 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Reno Gazette-Journal [NV], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Cincinnati Enquirer [OH] , 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Great Falls Tribune [MT], 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (My South Now [WI], 09/04/16)
:"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Baxter Bulletin [Ark.], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Stevens Point Journal [WI], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins , USA TODAY: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Mansfield News Journal [OH], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Pensacola News Journal [FL] , 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Tennessean, 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Evansville Courier Press [IN] , 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Green Bay Press Gazette [WI], 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Hattiesburg American [MS], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Springfield News-Leader [MO], 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Approval of Stanton judicial appointment caught in political stalemate (Commercial Appeal [TN] , 09/04/16)
Michael Collins: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... Twenty-seven await votes on the Senate floor, and, like Stanton, 18 would fill seats on federal district courts where cases are first heard.... most of Obama's nominees were confirmed when the Senate was under Democratic control. Republicans have confirmed just 22 judicial nominees since they returned to power in January 2015. What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Arizona Republic, 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Livingston Daily [MI], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Indianapolis Star [IN], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA Today: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What’s more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Central Florida Future, 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Hammonton News [NJ], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Statesman Journal [OR], 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Newark Advocate [OH], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Tallahassee Democrat [FL] , 09/04/16)
MICHAEL COLLINS, USA TODAY Network: “There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Star-Gazette [Elmira, NY], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Asheville Citizen-Times [NC] , 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [Link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (News Journal [DE] , 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [WI], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Guam Pacific Daily News, 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Star Press [Muncie, IN], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (St. Cloud Times [MN], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Burlington Free Press [VT] , 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Sheboygan Press [WI] , 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Post-Crescent [WI] , 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Courier-Journal [KY] , 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Desert Sun [Palm Springs, CA], 09/04/16)
Michael Collins, USA TODAY Network: "There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism," said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations.... What's more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Chillicothe Gazette [OH], 09/04/16)
"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Leaf Chronicle [TN], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Daily News Journal [TN], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

Dems want vote on Obama's judicial nominees (Jackson Sun [TN], 09/04/16)
“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment, which closely tracks judicial nominations....What’s more, Obama has faced more vacancies than Bush, which is why his overall number of confirmations is slightly higher, Sugameli said.

Democrats ratchet up pressure to approve TN judge nominee (Alamogordo Daily News [NM], 09/04/16)
:"“There is absolutely no reason why all of these judges should not be confirmed, other than sheer obstructionism,” said Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and founder of the nonprofit group Judging the Environment [link], which closely tracks judicial nominations."

These Republican Senators Want Their Judicial Nominees Confirmed. Majority Leader McConnell Isn’t Listening. (Medium, 08/04/16)
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: "When the U.S. Senate left for a seven-week summer recess last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R. Ky., continued to ignore repeated pleas from Republican and Democratic Senators to hold votes on 20 district and circuit court nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved all but one of these nominees on unopposed voice votes (and the other was approved on a bipartisan 13–7 vote). Republican Senators with pending nominees aren’t happy. In fact, all 16 Republican senators who have a nominee (or nominees) pending on the Senate floor have spoken favorably about them and want to see a confirmation vote, as have other Republican senators with nominees who are still in committee. [Link to Judging the Environment compilation] These senators need to keep talking about and urging — and demanding — that McConnell schedules votes after recess. Unless McConnell hears from them and obliges, Americans seeking justice will continue to face an overworked and understaffed federal judiciary made worse by this Senate majority’s inaction. Here’s a sampling of what Republican senators with nominees on the floor have said, listed in order of nomination — beginning with a Tennessee nominee who’s been waiting since May 2015: ... When senators return from their recess next month, they could swiftly take up all 20 nominees pending on the floor — if McConnell will allow it. And he should, because the matter is urgent: Five of these nominees would fill judicial emergencies — a designation by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts — and in total, since Republicans took control of the Senate in January 2015, judicial emergencies have skyrocketed from 12 to 30. Of course, one nomination still pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee is Merrick Garland’s to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Time Running Out To Get Indiana Judicial Nominees Confirmed (City-County Observer [Evansville, IN], 08/04/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of the nonprofit Judging the Environment which follows judicial nominations, described Tillis’s argument as “smoke and mirrors.” He said the 89 current vacancies, up from 43 in January 2015, is higher than they were during the Bush administration. Also filling seats in some jurisdictions does not help individuals and businesses in other districts that are having to wait longer for the cases to be heard because there are not enough judges available.... Sugameli echoed Warren in saying the vacancies on the courts are causing problems for litigants. He said in his experience as an attorney representing individuals, companies and trade associations, the parties wanted a decision from the court, win or lose, so they could move forward. However, the delay in getting civil cases before a judge is putting people in limbo. “It is absolutely inexcusable,” Sugameli said. “The irony is it isn’t hurting Obama. It’s hurting people and businesses in districts without judges.”"

U.S. Senate recesses with R.I. federal judgeship still hanging (Providence Journal [RI] , 07/23/16)
Tobias and Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, a judicial nominations project, still think McElroy will ultimately make it through. "I think McElroy will get through in September because the number of confirmations is so low," Sugameli said, adding that even Republican senators were pushing to get their nominees through.

Obstructionist Tom Cotton: Speech light on Trump references (Arkansas Times, 07/19/16)
Max Brantley: "A legal website, Law360, wrote this week about Cotton's continuing obstruction of judicial appointments, particularly to the federal court of claims. The article demolishes Cotton's pretexts for refusing to fill seats on the important court and again raises an implication that he might be serving the special interest of a former law firm in doing so. ... court with a rising caseload isn't getting the help it needs. Tom Cotton stands in the way, despite multiple approvals of bipartisan-approved nominees for vacancies. "The ability of the court to decide cases is being inexcusably harmed by Sen. Cotton's failure to do his job," said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife. "There's an advise and consent duty." A prominent example of the problems the court faces without a full bench came in Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams' comments at an October scheduling conference, in a case filed by the Jicarilla Apache Nation, according to Sugameli. While noting she could possibly hand trial off to another judge, Judge Williams said that she would otherwise have to move a trial originally scheduled for November back to July, her earliest available opening, with "a lot" of emergency cases to resolve first. "There's real, specific evidence that this is hurting the ability to resolve cases," Sugameli said."

Claims Court A Quiet Victim Of Senate Nomination Deadlock (Law360, 07/18/16)
Daniel Wilson: "“The ability of the court to decide cases is being inexcusably harmed by Sen. Cotton’s failure to do his job,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife. “There’s an advise and consent duty.” A prominent example of the problems the court faces without a full bench came in Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams’ comments at an October scheduling conference, in a case filed by the Jicarilla Apache Nation, according to Sugameli. While noting she could possibly hand trial off to another judge, Judge Williams said that she would otherwise have to move a trial originally scheduled for November back to July, her earliest available opening, with “a lot” of emergency cases to resolve first. “There’s real, specific evidence that this is hurting the ability to resolve cases,” Sugameli said."

Time running out to get Indiana judicial nominees confirmed (Indiana Lawyer, 07/14/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of the nonprofit Judging the Environment which follows judicial nominations, described Tillis’s argument as “smoke and mirrors.” He said the 89 current vacancies, up from 43 in January 2015, is higher than they were during the Bush administration. Also filling seats in some jurisdictions does not help individuals and businesses in other districts that are having to wait longer for the cases to be heard because there are not enough judges available.... Sugameli echoed Warren in saying the vacancies on the courts are causing problems for litigants. He said in his experience as an attorney representing individuals, companies and trade associations, the parties wanted a decision from the court, win or lose, so they could move forward. However, the delay in getting civil cases before a judge is putting people in limbo. “It is absolutely inexcusable,” Sugameli said. “The irony is it isn’t hurting Obama. It’s hurting people and businesses in districts without judges.” Ong is at the bottom of the list of 16 District Court nominees waiting for a Senate vote. Sugameli and Carl Tobias, University of Richmond School of Law professor and expert on the federal judicial confirmation process, note there is still a window for Ong to get confirmed. The Senate goes back into session in September and could hold votes on some of the nominees then. There is precedent. In 2008, the Senate held hearings and confirmed 10 of Bush’s nominees in September."

Democratic senators pushing for vote on federal nominees (Indiana Lawyer, 07/13/16)
Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of Judging the Environment, a nonprofit that advises the environmental community and educates the public on federal judicial nominees, speculated the Senate could put [one or more of] the current crop of candidates up for a vote on the first day that the Senate reconvenes in September after its summer break."

So He Went There. (South Florida Lawyers, 06/09/16)
"That scoundrel, Marco Rubio discredited himself even further yesterday: "For about a year, Rubio has said little publicly about why he won’t allow a vote on Mary Barzee Flores." But Rubio and his office say there has been so much misinformation spread that he now feels compelled to go public with unflattering specifics about Barzee Flores that, out of respect to her, he tried to keep quiet. 2OH SURE!!!! Nothing like using the power of political office to smear a decent, talented public servant who would make a wise and fair federal jurist." [Glenn Sugameli source label]

Sen. Marco Rubio blocks confirmation of judge he recommended (Miami Herald, 06/05/16)
Jay Weaver: "Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who has methodically followed federal judicial nominations over the past two decades, said Rubio’s double flip-flops for a U.S. senator were unprecedented. “I cannot recall any senator who blocked hearings on two Bush or Obama judicial nominees who were recommended by his Federal Judicial Nominating Commission or its equivalent,” said Sugameli, an attorney with Judging the Environment. Sugameli said that, by contrast, “Rubio’s fellow Republican senators from Mississippi to Wyoming have worked with the White House to fill all judgeships in their states.”"

The "Thurmond Rule" and other advice and consent myths (Brookings, 05/25/16)
Russell Wheeler: "Republican senators in other states [link to Judging the Environment website compilation of links and excerpts to GOP Senator statements supporting judicial nominees] have expressed support for confirming at least some of the nominees in their states"

Editorial: “No excuse” for Richard Burr’s blockade of Judge Timmons-Goodson (Progressive Pulse [NC], 05/13/16)
Rob Schofield: "There have now been dozens of editorials and op-eds [link to Judging the Environment website compilation] in recent months and years calling on Richard Burr to end his absurd blockade of President Obama’s attempts to fill a decade-old vacancy on the federal bench in the Eastern District of North Carolina."

Toomey presses to get Pa. judicial nominees fast-tracked for vote (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 05/12/16)
Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer and activist who tracks court vacancies, said Mr. Toomey is cherry-picking nominees even though he knows the full Senate would never agree to take them up out of order. “It’s a political stunt that certainly appears to be for optics,” Mr. Sugameli said. “Objectively, he must have known that this would not work. If he had been serious he could have joined Sen. Casey on the floor the day before.”

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 89: Pat Toomey's 'political stunt' fails (Daily Kos, 05/12/16)
Joan McCarter: Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer and activist who tracks court vacancies, said Mr. Toomey is cherry-picking nominees even though he knows the full Senate would never agree to take them up out of order. “It’s a political stunt that certainly appears to be for optics,” Mr. Sugameli said. “Objectively, he must have known that this would not work. If he had been serious he could have joined Sen. Casey on the floor the day before.”

Letter: Judicial appointments are mired in politics (Times-News [Burlington, NC], 05/10/16)
Glenn Sugameli heads the nonpartisan Judging the Environment judicial nominations project: "Based on my 15 years of tracking federal judicial vacancies and nominations, I offer some national and historical context on your persuasive editorial ... . Justice delayed will continue to be justice denied for North Carolina people and businesses, as U.S. Sen. Richard Burr blocks former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson’s nomination to the Eastern District of North Carolina trial court. In addition to her “bonfides” you cite, the American Bar Association gave Timmons-Goodson’s nomination its highest rating: unanimously well-qualified. Senator Burr previously blocked, without explanation, President Obama’s first nominee, who Sen. Burr had recommended, for the same vacancy. Empty for more than a decade, it is the nation’s oldest vacancy by more than four years, and the U.S. Courts have declared it a “judicial emergency.”... Senator Burr’s position, however, is in stark contrast to his fellow Republican senators from Mississippi to Wyoming who have worked with the White House to fill all judgeships in their states, and to many more who are continuing to do so. My nonpartisan website has compiled statements by Republican Senators from 14 States supporting pending nominees and urging action to fill their judicial vacancies. Sadly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is denying a hearing on Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, and delaying floor votes on 20 judicial nominees the Judiciary Committee approved unanimously months ago."

LAW: Liberals hammer Grassley on lower-court nominees  (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 04/07/16)
"Several dozen groups including [Defenders of Wildlife and other] environmentalists, labor organizations and civil rights advocates sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today, pressing him to take action on seven federal appeals court nominees and dozens of nominees for federal district courts. ... "While a great deal of public attention has rightly been focused on the pending nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, vacancies on the lower courts must not be lost amidst the debate," says the letter sent by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 42 other organizations. Many of the nominees "would fill seats in districts that are currently facing judicial emergencies," the letter says. Many of those nominees come from states where both senators have indicated their approval, the letter says, which should normally "clear the way for hearings and up-or-down confirmation votes. Instead, these nominees have fallen victim to election-year gamesmanship." The seven appeals court nominees are Rebecca Haywood for the 3rd Circuit, Lisabeth Hughes for the 6th Circuit, Donald Schott and Myra Selby for the 7th Circuit, Jennifer Puhl for the 8th Circuit, Lucy Koh for the 9th Circuit, and Abdul Kallon for the 11th Circuit. "The Committee has a constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent on presidential nominees, and a duty to the American people to simply do its job. In the coming weeks and months, our organizations will continue to make the case until it does," the groups wrote."

Supreme Court fight could fast-track lower court noms [Print Subhead: While Republicans block Garland, lawmakers will still want to advance other judges to save face] (Examiner, 03/21/16)
"The pressure should be on to move non-controversial nominees ... to show they can get something done," said Glenn Sugameli, who runs a nonpartisan judicial nominations project called Judging the Environment. Sugameli referred to the "Thurmond rule," named after the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. It means that if the same party does not control the presidency and the Senate, movement on judicial nominees will slow and ultimately cease in a president's final year. But the rule was never meant to apply to "consensus nominees," Sugameli said, noting most of the pending district and circuit court candidates were vetted by Republicans and Democrats and have the blessing of their home-state senators, many of whom are Republicans. Sugameli said the Senate routinely confirmed consensus lower-court nominees well into September, and sometimes even in lame-duck sessions, because the process of getting candidates to the floor is so lengthy and so many jurisdictions are "judicial emergencies" as defined by the federal judiciary. "What is the point" of blocking nominees who have the backing of their home-state senators, Sugameli asked.

Toomey Irked by Obama’s Third Circuit Nominee (Legal Intelligencer, 03/16/16)
Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney ­tracking judicial vacancies, said other senators have experienced similar circumstances of Obama nominating a judicial candidate without their approval, and have still managed to submit their blue slips. The so-called "blue slip" is part of a Senate procedure established more by tradition than formal rule and holds that a nominee won't get a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee until both of the home-state senators return a blue slip giving their OK to the committee chair. "The blue slips from Republican senators from North Dakota and Wisconsin have been turned in, which gives a green light on circuit court nominees to fill vacancies right now," Sugameli said. "I don't see any reason why Sen. Toomey can't do the same thing."

SUPREME COURT: Green machine ready to back White House in nominee brawl  (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 03/15/16)
"I am absolutely sure that there is unanimous and united and very strong and active support within the environmental community for the need for a nomination, the need for a hearing on the nominee and the need for a vote on the nominee," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife who heads a project that keeps tabs on nominees to federal courts. "The members of environmental groups understand how important the federal courts are for upholding and enforcing environmental law," Sugameli said. Still, he added, interest groups will delve into the eventual nominee's record once Obama's choice is announced. Among the candidates rumored to be in the running, "I don't see real issues arising," he said.

Rubio holds up Obama nominee he once backed for Miami federal bench (Miami Herald, 02/28/16)
A Washington, D.C., lawyer who methodically follows federal judicial nominations, said it is “very unusual” for a U.S. senator to recommend a candidate for a federal judgeship and then hold it up during the confirmation process. Glenn Sugameli, an attorney with Judging the Environment, said Rubio’s puzzling stance on Flores is actually part of a broader GOP mission to run out the clock on Obama’s judicial nominations. “This is not some special circumstances,” Sugameli said. “They have been doing this during the entire Obama presidency.”

Pa. Judge Nominees Shut Out Of Senate Hearing (Law360, 02/26/16)
Glenn Sugameli, the founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, said to Law360 on Friday.. .that it is alarming that four judicial nominees who had hearings six weeks after Judge Younge and Judge Colville are “going to be jumping in front of them.” He said the fact that their considerations are still being delayed is “very disturbing” because there is a clear need to fill those vacancies, and the fact that they remain off the list indicates to him that Toomey is either not pushing hard enough or ineffectual. “All of these nominees really affect the real world in the sense that justice delayed is justice denied,” Sugameli said.

Toomey Urges Committee to Approve Judicial Nominees (Legal Intelligencer, 02/25/16)
But the question remains as to whether the GOP leadership’s vow to block any replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court until after the presidential election will affect pending nominees for the lower courts. Glenn Sugameli, a Washington D.C.-based attorney tracking judicial vacancies, said it shouldn’t—there are other factors at play. If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Grassley refused to consider an Obama nominee to fill Scalia’s seat because it’s a unique vacancy that only recently opened up, Sugameli said, they would hold floor votes on the 17 trial judge nominees the Judiciary Committee approved on voice votes last year, and hold hearings and votes on all nominees to fill vacancies that preceded this year.

Two Pa. Federal Judicial Nominees Pass Senate Committee (Legal Intelligencer, 01/29/16)
Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., attorney tracking judicial nominations, said it is up to Toomey to motivate the Republican leadership to confirm Pennsylvania's nominees. He added that there is still a vacant seat on the Third Circuit to consider. "The need to fill Senior Judge Marjorie Rendell's Third Circuit seat was announced more than a year ago and the seat has been empty since July 1, 2015," Sugameli said. "It is long past time for Sen. Toomey to end his roadblock and greenlight a nominee to fill this seat." Sugameli added that pushing for swift confirmation of the nominees, something that is made more complicated by an election year, would be a politically smart move. "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-Kentucky] says that his priority for floor time this year will be helping re-elect Sen. Toomey and other endangered GOP senators," Sugameli said. "From a strictly nonpartisan perspective, it is clear that if Sen. Toomey truly wants to fill his state's Third Circuit and district court vacancies, as he has repeatedly stressed, then he can get it done."

These Republicans could be the saving grace for Obama's judges (Examiner, 01/25/16)
"How many more of the 28 nominees awaiting either confirmation or committee action make it to the circuit or district bench is largely up to the home-state Republican lawmakers who back them and the few vulnerable GOP senators seeking re-election in swing states, said Glenn Sugameli, who runs a nonpartisan judicial nominations project called Judging the Environment.... Sugameli said Wright's circumstances were a "perfect storm" and not indicative of how other pending nominees, especially the 16 who have the support of at least one Republican senator, will fare."

Any hope for filling Third Circuit’s empty seat in 2016? I’m skeptical. (CA3blog, 01/22/16)
"With Judge Restrepo finally on the Third Circuit, attention has turned to the Third Circuit’s other empty seat, the one created when Judge Rendell took senior status in July of last year. Even though Rendell announced her decision a year ago now, President Obama still has not nominated a replacement. P.J. D’Annunzio had this article earlier this month in the Legal Intelligencer, headlined “Pa. US Courts Still Hampered by Vacancies,” reporting that the Philadelphia Bar Association plans to write to Senators Toomey and Casey “about the urgency of filling Rendell’s seat.” Recent letters to the editor, including this one by Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment and this one by Christine Stone of Why Courts Matter, have sounded the same note."

Pennsylvanians deserve to have a fully staffed federal bench (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 01/19/16)
Glenn Sugameli letter to the editor: "After the Senate’s inexcusably delayed bipartisan approval of Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo’s 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nomination ... Pennsylvania federal courts still suffer from one appellate and five trial judge vacancies. Four July Pennsylvania district court nominees (three for the Western District, which includes Pittsburgh) need committee and floor votes. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a floor statement Jan. 11 that expressed his hope that Sen. Pat Toomey “can convince the Republican majority leader not to submit [them] to the extensive confirmation delay that Judge Restrepo endured.” There is still no nominee for Senior Judge Marjorie Rendell’s 3rd Circuit seat, even though the vacancy was announced almost a year ago. Sen. Leahy noted that “the White House has been working for months with Sen. Toomey and Sen. [Bob] Casey on th[is] second Pennsylvania vacancy. … I look forward to the Judiciary Committee considering that nomination soon.” Pennsylvanians deserve a fully staffed federal bench. It can be done: In March 2008, President George W. Bush nominated a 4th Circuit judge whom a Democratic Senate confirmed in two months."

Senate Judge Battle Keeps Attorneys Away (Law360, 01/15/16)
“There’s a really large number of vacancies that are unjustifiable,” Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, said. “I was a litigator for a long time … and a lot of times, my clients — [they] always wanted to win a case, to be fair — but sometimes they would rather get a decision against them than not get a decision at all. Delay really puts you in a state of limbo where you don’t know what the rules are; you can’t plan your future.” ... “I do think the White House will make every effort to nominate people for every possible vacancy,” Sugameli said. “I don’t expect every single vacancy to be filled, but I certainly think there are good, objective reasons why the pending nominees — and some new ones l— should be confirmed. There’s plenty of time to do and plenty of reason to do it.”

Pa. US Courts Still Hampered by Vacancies (Legal Intelligencer, 01/13/16)
To Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., attorney tracking judicial vacancies, Toomey's credibility is on the line, especially with filling the remaining Third Circuit vacancy. "He claims to be working to fill all Pennsylvania vacancies, not 'except the Rendell seat,'" Sugameli said. The glacial pace in filling Pennsylvania's judicial seats is something of a new trend, according to Sugameli, who said that the late Sen. Arlen Specter was adept at filling vacancies as they came up. If Toomey is to be believed, Sugameli said, "There is no reason why there should not be a nominee who is named and goes through the process this year." Despite the impending presidential election this year, Sugameli said the fact that Toomey is up for a challenging bid for re-election could help speed up the confirmation process. "This should increase the chances that this will happen, otherwise you'll see a chorus of voices in the state that say we've had two Third Circuit seats vacant, it is your responsibility or your fault that it took so long to get a nominee you raved about at a hearing" to get a floor vote, Sugameli said.

Judge Restrepo Confirmed After 14 Months (Politics PA, 01/12/16)
“Justice delayed from lack of judges is justice denied,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the Judging the Environment judicial nominations project, with the number of vacancies up by more than 50% over the last year. “There is no justification for the extreme delay of today’s Senate vote on Judge Restrepo’s over-one-year-old nomination to fill a U.S. Courts-declared judicial emergency vacancy,” Sugameli said.

Letter: Did Grassley, Senate really get to work? (Daily Globe [MN], 01/07/16)
Glenn Sugameli: "Justice delayed from lack of judges is justice denied for people and businesses in Iowa, Minnesota and throughout the nation. In each of President George W. Bush’s final two years, a Democratic Senate confirmed all his judicial nominees pending on the executive calendar in December. In contrast, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) unjustifiably delayed 14 lifetime and five other judicial nominees awaiting December Floor votes, even though Minnesota, Iowa and all other nominees were approved on Judiciary Committee voice votes. All seven home-state Republican senators (including Sens. Grassley and Joni Ernst) recommended their nominees and urged their prompt approval."

Letter to the editor – Glenn Sugameli (Greene County News [IA], 01/07/16)
"Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)’s Opinion Column: Review of 2015 — Senate goes to work (Dec. 31) cites the fact that lawmakers “considered nominations” to support his claim that the “Senate succeeded in breathing life back into the world’s greatest deliberative body.” In his role as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, however, Sen. Grassley must know that the Senate spectacularly failed its advise and consent constitutional duty to not only “consider nominations,” but to vote on them. In 2015, the Senate only voted on 11 federal judges, all of whom were confirmed (the fewest since 1960). Vacancies have increased more than 50 percent in one year while those the U.S. Courts declared to be judicial emergencies soared from 12 to 32."

Georgia Latino’s court nomination appears in peril over immigration (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12/24/15)
Glenn Sugameli of Defenders of Wildlife, who works with left-leaning organizations to track judicial nominations, said election-year politics are no excuse to slow-walk a nominee. “If the Georgia senators really want to say ‘We do not approve this person,’ they should do it, and there’s still time to get someone else in that spot,” Sugameli said. “The most irresponsible thing would be to let this thing linger.”

Restrepo Vote Set, District Nominees May Face Long Road (Legal Intelligencer, 12/10/15)
"As for the four district court nominees, Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., attorney tracking judicial vacancies, said there is no legitimate reason for their confirmations to be delayed, but like others, noted that it continues to happen. Sugameli pointed to Travis Randall McDonough, chief of staff to the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who was confirmed by vote in the Senate for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Dec. 7. McDonough had been stuck in the confirmation process for almost as long as Restrepo. But the need to fill judicial seats is an urgent priority, and Republicans have said as much, according to Sugameli. "Any delays will expose Republican senators as being impotent or dishonest," Sugameli said."

GOP freeze on judgeship includes single-handed Tom Cotton blockade (Arkansas Times, 12/09/15)
Max Brantley: "Glenn Sugameli, who heads the Judging the Environment judicial nominations project, called the Leahy statement to my attention. It has experienced court delay because of a shortage of claims judges. His organization is not alone in protesting Cotton's obstructionism. ... And you can read more here [link to Judging the Environment webpage] particularly on Cotton's blockade of Armando Bonilla."

Will Restrepo Be Confirmed to Appeals Court? Toomey Urges Vote (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 12/08/15)
Glenn Sugameli, a Washington lawyer and environmental activist who tracks judicial nominations, was critical of Republicans for not moving the nomination sooner, according to Philly.com. It has been “inexcusably delayed,” he said. “Securing a vote this year is vital but it is far too late to vote ‘without delay,’” he said, alluding to a Toomey statement urging a confirmation vote “without delay.”

Toomey urges judge's confirmation as critics take aim (Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], 12/07/15)
Toomey’s "long overdue letter" is "welcome," wrote Glenn Sugameli, a Washington attorney and environmental activist who closely follows judicial nominations, but he criticized Republicans for not acting faster. Restrepo’s nomination has already been "inexcusably delayed," said a Sugameli statement. "Securing a vote this year is vital but it is far too late to vote ‘without delay.’

Backlog in Cases Noted as Judicial Nominee Awaits Senate Action (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 12/04/15)
"The newspaper quotes Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment as saying judicial emergencies declared by the U.S. courts have “skyrocketed this year from 12 to 30 because of unjustifiable delays by Sen. Rubio and other home-state Republican senators.”"

Restrepo Skipped in Latest Senate Confirmation Vote (Legal Intelligencer, 12/04/15)
Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C., attorney tracking judicial vacancies, said Toomey has the power to convince McConnell to set a vote, especially for a noncontroversial nominee like Restrepo, who on July 9 was unanimously approved in the Judiciary Committee for a full Senate vote. "If Restrepo does not get a floor vote by the end of the year it is because Sen. Toomey has not been pushing for the vote as he claims he's been or he's been utterly incapable of convincing his own majority leader to schedule a 10-minute vote on a year-old nominee to fill a judicial emergency who was approved in committee unanimously months ago," Sugameli said. Sugameli also took issue with Grassley's comments that more judicial nominees had been confirmed during Obama's time than Bush's; he said the higher number of confirmations during the current administration was because there have been more judicial vacancies than during the Bush presidency.

Sen. Marco Rubio faces criticism over holding up South Florida judicial nominee (Tampa Bay Times [FL], 12/03/15)
"U.S. Courts declared judicial emergency vacancies skyrocketed this year from 12 to 30 because of unjustifiable delays by Sen. Rubio and other home-state Republican senators," said Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment.

Rubio faces criticism over holding up South Florida judicial nominee (Tampa Bay Times [FL], 12/03/15)
“U.S. Courts declared judicial emergency vacancies skyrocketed this year from 12 to 30 because of unjustifiable delays by Sen. Rubio and other home-state Republican senators,” said Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment.

Marco Rubio, Do Your Job! (South Florida Lawyers, 11/17/15)
"It's "just not fun" that Rubio continues to refuse to turn in the blue slip necessary to get a vote on Mary Barzee Flores' nomination to fill an "emergency seat" on the SD FL. Here is Senator Leahy yesterday on the failure to get qualified judicial nominees on the federal bench: [EXCERPT] Enough already! In fact, Senator Reid today actually addressed the specific issue of Rubio's mistreatment of Mary's nomination: [EXCERPT] Enough already (already)! ... Labels: Glenn Sugameli"

Marco crushes Jeb (Southern District of Florida Blog, 10/29/15)
David Markus: "Would a more effective attack be about judicial nominations? Rubio won't give the blue-slip on his own judicial nominee [Huffington Post link and excerpt]... HT Glenn Sugameli"

Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts (Associated Press, 09/27/15)
"Across the country, federal district courts have seen a rise in recent years in the time it takes to get civil cases to trial and resolve felony criminal cases as judges' workloads have increased, according to statistics from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The problem is particularly acute in some federal courts such as California's and Texas's Eastern Districts. Judges there have workloads about twice the national average and say they are struggling to keep up. The result, the judges and attorneys say, is longer wait times in prison for defendants awaiting trial, higher costs for civil lawsuits and delays that can render those suits moot.... Legal scholars say Congress needs to fill judicial vacancies more quickly but also increase the number of judges in some districts — both issues that get bogged down in partisan political fights over judicial nominees. California's Eastern District, which covers a large swath of the state that includes Sacramento and Fresno, has had an unfilled judicial vacancy for nearly three years, and it has the same number of judicial positions — six — it had in 1978, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making body for the federal courts, has recommended Congress double the number of judicial positions in the district. In the late 1990s, the median time for civil cases to go to trial in the district averaged 2 years and four months. From 2009 to 2014, that number jumped by more than a year."

CQ follows the money on Tom Cotton's blockade of federal judges (Arkansas Times, 07/21/15)
Max Brantley: "Todd Ruger of CQ Roll Call follows up on Sen. Tom Cotton's solo blockade of five nominees to vacant seats on the federal court of claims — an obscure court that is nonetheless very important to business for deciding federal contract disputes and tax claims. Ruger notes that Cotton's action dovetails with interests of a former conservative law firm for which he worked and which contributed to his political campaigns.... Cotton suggests a judge has told him the current court can handle cases. That person has not been identified, while numerous judges and bar officials have spoken of the need for filling the vacancies. Based on research by Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment, a court monitoring project, an educated guess on Cotton's source would be Victor Wolski, Cotton's former colleague. He forthrightly said every job he ever took prior to his confirmation was ideologically orientated to further limited government, individual liberty and property rights. A Cotton clone, in other words. None of Cotton's concerns were raised in four previous Senate votes by the Judiciary Committee to confirm the nominees."

Tom Cotton continues his obstructionist ways (Arkansas Times, 07/15/15)
Max Brantley: "U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton yesterday blocked efforts to fill five vacancies on the federal Court of Claims .... Cotton wouldn't allow confirmation of a single judge, even after Coons spoke in some detail about their qualifications and the need. Glenn Sugameli who follows the federal judiciary for the Judging the Environment project, said Cotton ignored Judiciary Committee approval of all five nominees in 2014 and 2015 and letters from the chief judge of the court and Claims Bar Association presidents on the caseload. Said Sugameli, “There is no reason for the long delayed Floor votes on the five unopposed nominees and every reason to vote now after the Chief Judge and five past presidents of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association urged prompt action to help with major caseload problems from lack of five judges on the 16 judge court. Justice delayed from lack of judges is justice denied.” ... Sugameli notes that during the Bush administration, the Senate confirmed nine judges to the Court of Federal Claims, while only three have been confirmed during the Obama administration. During two rounds of Judicial Committee hearings on this group, no Republican expressed the "concerns" Cotton used yesterday to block the vote."

Judiciary Committee Approves Restrepo For Senate Vote (Legal Intelligencer, 07/14/15)
"Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., maintains that Senate Republicans have made a practice of delaying the confirmation of candidates nominated by Obama. Sugameli said the risk for further delay now comes from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who controls when the vote will be held. However, he noted that Toomey can push McConnell for prompt scheduling. "McConnell listens to his members," Sugameli said, adding the question is whether Toomey is willing to go to McConnell. Toomey's spokeswoman, E.R. Anderson, said the senator has already approached McConnell. "Sen. Toomey supports the nomination of Judge Restrepo for the Third Circuit," Anderson said in an email to The Legal. "As part of his efforts on this issue, the senator has spoken directly with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to emphasize the importance of getting Judge Restrepo confirmed." Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, said that while a date for the vote has not yet been scheduled, "Sen. Toomey has been calling us, so it's on the leader's radar." Although further delay is possible, Sugameli said at this stage in Restrepo's confirmation process, "all indications are that he'll be confirmed unanimously, based on every nominee that has been considered.""

National Law Journal tweet on Judging the Environment post of letter (National Law Journal, 07/10/15)
Zoe Tillman: US Court of Federal Claims chief judge wrote to Congress today asking them to please please please confirm nominees http://www.judgingtheenvironment.org/library/letters/2015-07-10-Letter-from-Chief-Judge-re-USCFC-Judicial-Nominees.pdf …

Senate Judiciary Committee Delays Restrepo's Confirmation Vote (Legal Intelligencer, 06/26/15)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said earlier this week that Senate Republicans have made a practice of delaying the confirmation of candidates nominated by Obama, and added that in order to avoid a delay, Toomey has to push Grassley for Restrepo's vote to go on as scheduled. "It'll be a test of whether he really supports the nominee as strongly as he says he does," Sugameli said. Several groups have called for swift action throughout Restrepo's confirmation, including the Pittsburgh City Council, the Hispanic Bar Association, and several editorial boards, according to Sugameli. "If he doesn't ask for the vote to be held when it is scheduled then he will be responsible for a delay," Sugameli said. "If he wants to say, 'I'm not responsible for further delays' then he needs to ask the Senate Republicans to not delay the vote in committee."

[Updated] Committee Vote Set for Restrepo, but Delay Seems Likely (Legal Intelligencer, 06/24/15)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said Senate Republicans have made a practice of delaying the confirmation of candidates nominated by Obama, and added that in order to avoid a delay, Toomey has to push Grassley for Restrepo's vote to go on as scheduled. "It'll be a test of whether he really supports the nominee as strongly as he says he does," Sugameli said. Several groups have called for swift action throughout Restrepo's confirmation, including the Pittsburgh City Council, the Hispanic Bar Association, and several editorial boards, according to Sugameli. "If he doesn't ask for the vote to be held when it is scheduled then he will be responsible for a delay," Sugameli said. "If he wants to say, 'I'm not responsible for further delays' then he needs to ask the Senate Republicans to not delay the vote in committee."

Not so fast: will Restrepo committee vote happen tomorrow after all? (CA3blog, 06/24/15)
Matthew Stiegler: "courts activist Glenn Sugameli calls on Senator Toomey to ask the committee chair to hold the vote as scheduled (Keystone Progress has done so as well, as reported here), and this People for the American Way blog post argues that non-committee members have done so in the past."

Committee Vote Set for Restrepo, but Delay Seems Likely (Legal Intelligencer, 06/23/15)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said Senate Republicans have made a practice of delaying the confirmation of candidates nominated by Obama, and added that in order to avoid a delay, Toomey has to push Grassley for Restrepo’s vote to go on as scheduled. “It’ll be a test of whether he really supports the nominee as strongly as he says he does,” Sugameli said. Several groups have called for swift action throughout Restrepo’s confirmation, including the Pittsburgh City Council, the Hispanic Bar Association, and several editorial boards, according to Sugameli.

Sen. Pat Toomey must push for vote to confirm Judge Luis Restrepo (Morning Call [PA], 06/16/15)
Glenn Sugameli, Judging the Environment, Letter to the Editor: "The story, "Senate Judiciary panel vets Pa. nominee," reports that "there's more waiting for" Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo after the "uneventful" hearing on his nomination to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Sen. Pat Toomey, the story said, "noted the unanimous Senate approval when Restrepo was nominated to his district judgeship: 'I hope to see exactly such a confirmation occur this year.'" But "this year" suggests further needless delays of Restrepo's November nomination to fill a 2013 vacancy the U.S. Courts declared a judicial emergency. Those pressing for swift action include newspaper editorial boards and the Hispanic National Bar Association. A Pittsburgh City Council resolution urged a floor vote before another Pennsylvania Third Circuit seat is vacated on July 1, when Judge Marjorie Rendell takes senior status. Until Sen. Toomey persuades his majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, to allow a prompt vote, justice delayed from lack of judges will continue to be justice denied."

3rd Circ. Nominee Edges Closer To Long Vacant Seat (Law360, 06/10/15)
"If and when Judge Restrepo is confirmed for the appeals court, the number of vacancies on the state’s federal district courts will rise from four to five, and some observers are worried about the speed with which those will be filled. Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, raised concerns about “sheer mindless obstruction” in the process. In an email to Law360 on Wednesday, he mentioned that although Toomey said he hoped the Senate would be able to vote on Restrepo's confirmation this year, there will only be more delay if he is unwilling or unable to secure prompt votes."

With Senate control, will the GOP stop confirming circuit court judges? (Brookings, 06/10/15)
"Glenn Sugameli, who monitors nominations closely, told The Hill that senators in three of the seven states “say they are working” to get nominees in place."

No more showdowns over Obama's judicial nominations? (Examiner, 06/09/15)
"While the fight may be dying down, there was still some worry on the left about McConnell's comments. Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney Glenn Sugameli highlighted the comments in his blog Judging the Environment,"

Maybe Senate Won’t Shut Down on Confirming Appeals Judges (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 06/08/15)
"Some Republican senators in the GOP-controlled Senate are working with the Obama administration to fill vacancies on the appellate courts that affect their home states, Glenn Sugameli noted. He monitors judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project."

McConnell backs away from judicial shutdown talk (The Hill, 06/06/15)
But Glenn Sugameli, the founder of Defenders of Wildlife[‘s Judging the Environment program], which tracks judicial nominees, raised doubts that McConnell will completely freeze circuit-court nominees. “This is an unfortunate statement from Sen. McConnell. It suggests an unprecedented and totally unjustifiable effort to slow down vacancies but it cannot mean what some people are saying it means in headlines and sometimes in stories, which is a total shutdown,” he said. Sugameli noted that several Republican senators are working with the administration to fill appellate-court vacancies affecting their states. Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R) are talking with the White House about putting together a slate of nominees, including one on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals left by Judge Joel Dubina, who took senior status in October of 2013. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) told the Juneau County Star Times that he is working with Obama to fill vacant court slots, including one on the 7thCircuit Court of Appeals. Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R) has called for the establishment of an Indiana Federal Nominating Commission to help fill several judicial vacancies, including one on the 7th Circuit, which has two open slots. “There are senators from Alabama, from Indiana, from Wisconsin, from Texas, all of whom have court of appeals vacancies that they all say they are working to fill with Obama nominees,” said Sugameli. He said if McConnell really intends to block votes on circuit-court nominees for the rest of the Congress, “then he’s just cut the legs out from all those senators.”

Confirmation Hearing Date Set for Restrepo (Legal Intelligencer, 06/05/15)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said there are five outstanding vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania; the appellate bench for which Restrepo has been nominated as well as three trial court seats in the Western District and one in the Eastern District. Sugameli said the amount of time it has taken to get to this point in Restrepo's nomination process is unacceptable. "The bottom line in all of this is that justice delayed is justice denied," Sugameli said. "When there are not enough judges, then cases are not decided in time." The problem is also a national one, Sugameli said, with only four nominees across the country being confirmed this year: one in Utah and three in Texas. Putting pressure on senators to get the ball rolling—as the Pittsburgh City Council did in creating a resolution calling on Toomey to submit his blue slip—is a step in the right direction, according to Sugameli. Yet Restrepo still has more hurdles to clear before being confirmed. After Restrepo's hearing, a committee vote will be taken, followed by a vote by the full Senate before he could be seated on the appellate bench. "A hearing and a committee vote is meaningless without a floor vote," Sugameli said. "So the question is what will the home senators like Sen. Toomey do to push for a floor vote?"

Vilardo’s nomination headed to full Senate (Daily Record [NY], 06/04/15)
“After an unjustifiable delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voice voted judicial nominees,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, who has been researching judicial nominations since 2001. “Only Floor votes can help with the continuing lack of judges that means justice delayed is justice denied for people and businesses that need courts to resolve disputes.”

PA-Sen: Judiciary Committee Sets Confirmation Hearing for Restrepo (Politics PA, 06/04/15)
Jason Addy: In the seven months since Restrepo was nominated, the seat he was named to fill has been declared a “judicial emergency vacancy” by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, said he believes the process has been filled with “sheer mindless obstruction.” Judging the Environment is an Washington, D.C.-based organization that has tracked judicial nominees since 2001. Restrepo was unanimously confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA in 2013, making the delay for a background check, as well as for the blue slip, “clearly massive and unjustifiable,” Sugameli said. On May 12, the City Council of Pittsburgh adopted a resolution urging Toomey and Grassley to move the confirmation process ahead, before another judicial emergency vacancy is declared in PA. “[It’s] pretty remarkable when you have to have a city council weigh in to have a Senator do his job,” Sugameli said.

Restrepo To Have 3rd Circ. Nomination Hearing Next Week (Law360, 06/04/15)
If and when Judge Restrepo is confirmed for the appeals court, the number of vacancies on the state’s federal district courts will rise from four to five, and observers are also worried about the speed with which those will be filled. Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, raised concerns about “sheer mindless obstruction” in the process.

Letter: Senate needlessly delays judge confirmations (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 05/29/15)
Glenn Sugameli: "Thomas Burr's May 22 article noted Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish's "eight month wait" for the 100-0 Senate vote that confirmed her as a federal district judge. Remarkably, Sen. Orrin Hatch was only able to deliver on the second half of his January pledge to push for "swift and unanimous confirmation." To be fair, state Judge Jose Olvera, Jr.'s 100-0 confirmation to fill a U.S. Courts declared judicial emergency in Texas suffered the exact same delays, despite the January promise of Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, to "continue pushing for [his] swift confirmation." Parrish and Olvera were first nominated Sept. 18, 2014, and were approved on a Judiciary Committee voice vote on Feb. 26, 2015 (the same day as Attorney General Loretta Lynch). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's continuing unjustifiable delays of other consensus judicial nominees harm people and businesses, as a lack of judges means justice delayed is justice denied. As The Wall Street Journal reported on April 6: "In Federal Courts, the Civil Cases Pile Up: Record number of pending actions delays some suits for years.""

Toomey Submits Blue Slip, but Will Restrepo Get a Hearing? (Legal Intelligencer, 05/19/15)
"The really big issue is when the floor vote will be," said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., noting that two nominees, one from Texas and one from Utah, were voted out of committee in February and still haven't gotten a floor vote.

Senator Signs Off on Nominee for U.S. Appeals Court (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 05/15/15)
The nomination of Judge Restrepo “is just the top of the iceberg,” said Glenn Sugameli, who monitors judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project. “There are other inexcusably delayed vacancies,” he said. “It’s pretty clear there is massive slow-walking going on and it’s hurting people” in districts where backlogs of cases are accumulating and judges cannot keep pace.

Toomey signs off on nominee for federal appeals court (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 05/14/15)
Tracie Mauriello: "“It is literally unbelievable,” said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington. “If somebody was fully vetted two years ago, you don’t start from scratch.” He said Republicans seem to be holding up nominations as retribution for President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration or to get back at Democrats for pushing through 11 judicial nominees during the December lame duck session just before the GOP took control of the Senate. Judge Restrepo’s nomination “is just the top of the iceberg. There are other inexcusably delayed vacancies,” Mr. Sugameli said. “It’s pretty clear there is massive slow-walking going on and it’s hurting people” in districts where cases are piling up faster than judges can hear them."

Political Maneuvers Holding Up Nominee for Third Circuit (Legal Intelligencer, 05/06/15)
"Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, who took the bench in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania two years ago after a relatively quick confirmation process, is facing what is shaping up to be a drawn-out march to the Third Circuit ... When he was nominated last November, Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said that his confirmation process will be a "classic litmus test" for the tenor of the new Republican-led Senate since Restrepo was a consensus nominee who had just been through the vetting process for the district court. This week, Sugameli called the state of Restrepo's nomination "mind-boggling." "This does not make sense politically. This does not make sense legally. This does not make sense rationally," he said."

Toomey supports Restrepo’s CA3 nomination. Now he’s blocking it. (CA3blog, 05/05/15)
"US Senator Pat Toomey is blocking a hearing on the Third Circuit nomination of L. Felipe Restrepo ... This is a shocking. In November, Toomey loudly endorsed Restrepo’s nomination ... in a press release ... A follow-up report by Jennifer Bendery ... on Huffington Post added [an] embarrassing exchange ... Mind-boggling. ... H/t Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment."

Senate must act on judicial vacancies (Herald News [Passaic County, NJ] , 05/03/15)
"Regarding "Lynch confirmed" (Editorials, April 27) and "Vote on AG not required" (Your Views, April 25): Readers should consider even longer and continuing delays in the U.S. Senate regarding action on nominees. Two district court judges were first nominated Sept. 18, nearly two months before Loretta Lynch, with strong support from their Texas and Utah Republican senators. ... U.S. District Judge Felipe Restrepo was nominated Nov. 12 on the bipartisan recommendation of his Pennsylvania senators. New Jersey’s senators need to press to move Restrepo and to fill four District of New Jersey vacancies, two of which have pending nominees. Empty judgeships mean justice delayed is justice denied for people and businesses." Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

Senate must act on judicial vacancies (Record [NJ] , 05/01/15)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Two District Court judges were first nominated Sept. 18, nearly two months before Loretta Lynch, with strong support from their Texas and Utah Republican senators. ... Senate GOP leadership keeps them in limbo, even though one would fill a courts-declared judicial emergency. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has still not held a hearing on a nominee to fill an emergency on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes New Jersey. U.S. District Judge Felipe Restrepo was nominated Nov. 12 on the bipartisan recommendation of his Pennsylvania senators. New Jersey's senators need to press to move Restrepo and to fill four District of New Jersey vacancies, two of which have pending nominees."

Finally a committee hearing for Restrepo nomination? (CA3blog, 04/30/15)
"The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced a nominations hearing for Wednesday, May 6. The committee has not yet announced which judicial nominees will be heard; I’m told by Glenn Sugameli of the Judging the Environment project that that announcement is expected sometime Friday. Sugameli told me he encourages those concerned to contact Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to see if they have asked Chairman Grassley to include CA3 nominee L. Felipe Restrepo in the May 6 hearing."

Delays on both sides of the aisle (Washington Post, 04/29/15)
Glenn Sugameli, Judging the Environment, Letter to the Editor: "Republican Senate leaders are holding up two federal district court nominees, including one from Texas who was recommended by Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, for a judicial emergency vacancy. They were nominated Sept. 18, nearly two months before Loretta Lynch was nominated to be attorney general, and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved them (and Ms. Lynch) on Feb. 26. There was no disagreement, and both cleared the committee on a unanimous voice vote with support from their home-state Republican senators."

Al Bennett confirmed to federal district court (Off the Kuff blog [TX], 04/15/15)
"Of the Lone Star state’s 11 federal judicial vacancies, nine are in district courts and two on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from Texas. That is one-fifth of 55 total current vacancies nationwide, according to Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project. Meanwhile, the nation faces a record backlog of more than 330,000 civil cases."

Judge Al Bennett (Brains and Eggs blog, 04/15/15)
"Of the Lone Star state’s 11 federal judicial vacancies, nine are in district courts and two on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from Texas. That is one-fifth of 55 total current vacancies nationwide, according to Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project. Meanwhile, the nation faces a record backlog of more than 330,000 civil cases."

Senate Unanimously Confirms Federal Judge for Texas (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 04/14/15)
"The article said there are 55 judicial vacancies nationwide, according to Glenn Sugameli, who monitors judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project."

Texas judge gets past U.S. Senate logjam (Houston Chronicle, 04/13/15)
"Of the Lone Star state’s 11 federal judicial vacancies, nine are in district courts and two on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from Texas. That is one-fifth of 55 total current vacancies nationwide, according to Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project. Meanwhile, the nation faces a record backlog of more than 330,000 civil cases. Those pressing to speed the confirmation of federal judges represent an array of judicial, corporate, and special interest groups, including the Texas General Counsel Coalition."

Texas judge gets past U.S. Senate logjam (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 04/13/15)
Kevin Diaz: "Of the Lone Star state’s 11 federal judicial vacancies, nine are in district courts and two on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from Texas. That is one-fifth of 55 total current vacancies nationwide, according to Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, a Defenders of Wildlife project. Meanwhile, the nation faces a record backlog of more than 330,000 civil cases."

WSJ covers SDFLA as "most productive court" (Southern District of Florida Blog, 04/07/15)
"Still, judicial vacancies are growing and the Senate isn't doing anything. Sen. Leahy is pissed: [quotes Leahy statement] H/T Glenn Sugameli”

Texas faces crisis of judicial vacancies (El Paso Times [TX], 04/06/15)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Texas' senators must act now to help fill a West Texas federal court seat, as convincingly detailed in your editorial, "Move quickly to fill federal judge vacancy," and story, "Federal judges in West Texas want Pecos vacancy to be filled quickly." The Pecos vacancy is the tip of the iceberg; Texas is ground zero for the federal judicial vacancy crisis.... The U.S. courts have testified that Congress needs to create new judgeships. These include nine in Texas. Four new Western District of Texas judgeships are among those "sorely needed" in "districts struggling with extraordinarily high and sustained workloads." A belated April 13 Senate floor vote is set for only one of three re-nominees selected by Texas senators. All three were nominated on Sept. 18, 2014, and approved on Feb. 26 voice votes in the Judiciary Committee, which includes both Texas senators. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz are inexcusably guaranteeing lengthy vacancies by allowing floor vote delays, not recommending nominees for lengthy vacancies, and not even beginning the long process to fill the Pecos and other seats. Justice delayed continues to be justice denied for people and businesses in Texas, as overwhelming caseloads postpone decisions."

Restrepo nomination: the wait for a hearing goes on [updated] (CA3blog, 03/10/15)
"Judging the Environment has this helpful page with information on Restrepo’s nomination.... H/T Glenn Sugamelli, who since 2001 has headed Judging the Environment‘s judicial nominations project."

Are Judges on the Horizon for Pennsylvania's Federal Bench? (Legal Intelligencer, 03/03/15)
""Texas and Pennsylvania are pretty unique at this point," said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., referring to the number of old vacancies with no officially named nominees, as is the case in the Western District. When U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took over as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the start of this year, he indicated that he planned to maintain the same pace for moving consensus judicial nominees along to the full Senate for confirmation. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, who had been chair of the committee before Grassley, had held hearings for nominees roughly every two weeks. "That's not true already," Sugameli said of Grassley's intent for keeping up with moving nominees along. So far this year the committee has held one hearing for judicial nominees. Restrepo is not a controversial nominee, Sugameli said. He had the support of both Casey and Toomey when he was nominated to the district court in late 2012, he was confirmed by a voice vote in the Senate, and both home-state senators have, again, given him their support for his nomination to the Third Circuit."

Third Circuit Judge Rendell to Take Senior Status (Legal Intelligencer, 02/02/15)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has since taken over as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has indicated that he plans to maintain the same pace for moving consensus judicial nominees along to the full Senate for confirmation. When U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was chair of the committee, he held hearings roughly every two weeks, said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. ... if the same practice holds, Restrepo should be in the next batch of nominees to go in front of the committee, Sugameli said. There would be two district court nominees and another circuit court nominee in that group, so, it's conceivable that Restrepo could be held back since circuit nominees are typically under greater scrutiny and the committee will sometimes split them up, Sugameli said. However, he said, neither Restrepo nor the nominee to the Federal Circuit are controversial.... Unless he is confirmed by the full Senate before July, there will be two vacancies on the Third Circuit, which is relatively rare, Sugameli said. ... the Fifth Circuit, in Texas, has two empty seats with no nominees. "Texas and Pennsylvania are uniquely in the situation of having justice delayed being justice denied," Sugameli said, referring to the state of the federal judiciary in those states as a whole, including district court vacancies, and the length of time the seats have been open.

Texas candidates for federal bench caught up in partisan gamesmanship: Federal picks have been caught up in D.C. politics (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 01/25/15)
Kevin Diaz: “There’s a severe problem in Texas,” said Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney in the Defenders of Wildlife’s Judging the Environment project. “For years, Texas has been unique in having the highest number of vacancies across the country.”

Congress slow to fill federal bench in Texas (Houston Chronicle, 01/24/15)
Kevin Diaz: "Studies of the federal bench in Texas have found that the vacancies have left a backlog of more than 12,000 cases, raising the alarm not just among trial lawyers and legal activists but business groups as well. "There's a severe problem in Texas," said Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney in the Defenders of Wildlife's Judging the Environment project. "For years, Texas has been unique in having the highest number of vacancies across the country.""

After a Year’s Delay, Cruden Confirmed To Head Justice Department’s Environment Division (Main Justice, 12/17/14)
“GOP senators delayed and blocked unopposed nominations to fill lengthy vacancies because they were President Obama nominees,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of the Judging the Environment project that follows judicial nominations of note to environmentalists. They were also delaying to protest the November 2013 vote by Democrats to change Senate rules to eliminate filibusters for most presidential nominees, he said.

After 6-year wait, federal bench in S.A. is filled (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 12/17/14)
“Finally confirming three judges to fill judicial emergency vacancies in Texas is a tip of the iceberg (and) first step toward easing the uniquely severe and prolonged federal judicial vacancy crisis in Texas,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife. “For people and businesses in Texas, justice delayed continues to be justice denied.”

Senate confirms three Texas judicial nominees (Herald Democrat [TX], 12/16/14)
“Confirming the three judges to fill judicial emergency vacancies in Texas is a tip of the iceberg,” said Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife, who has been tracking judicial nominations for more than a decade. Sugameli said that there has been an outcry from Texas federal judges, the U.S Courts, the American Bar Association and others stressing the need to nominate and confirm judges to reduce severe Texas judicial backlogs, caseloads, and a “vacancy crisis.”

Beetlestone Confirmed as Federal Judge in Eastern District  (Legal Intelligencer, 11/21/14)
Glenn Sugameli, senior attorney at the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., who keeps track of judicial vacancies, noted recent remarks from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, pushing for votes in the lame-duck session, which has, historically, been a time to "clear the decks" of non-controversial nominees....Now, Sugameli said, the question is whether the Republicans will allow nominees who were voted out of committee Thursday to be voted on by the full Senate in this lame-duck session.

Senate committee approves Texas judicial nominees (Dallas Morning News, 11/20/14)
Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for Defenders of Wildlife who also tracks judicial nominations, called Cornyn’s push for the nominees’ confirmations “encouraging.” “I’m certainly optimistic the nominees can and shoud be approved” by year’s end,” Sugameli said.

Senate Confirms Cohen, Ross and Abrams, to U.S. Bench  (Daily Report [GA], 11/19/14)
"Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife in Washington and founder of Judging the Environment, which conducts research to educate the public on the importance of lifetime federal judicial nominees, said that Tuesday night's voice votes on Cohen and Ross signal a possible thaw in relations between Senate Democrats and Republicans. "The voice votes are encouraging because they are the first voice votes since the filibuster rules were changed for judicial nominations," he said. "Obviously, when people come through committee unopposed, they are supported by the home state senators. Oftentimes they are filling judicial emergencies. There is no reason to delay for a filibuster vote … only to have them unanimously confirmed." "I don't know whether this is an exception … or whether this is a return to the normal practice of voice votes for unopposed nominations.""

New Eastern District Judge Nominated to Third Circuit (Legal Intelligencer, 11/14/14)
Restrepo's confirmation will be a "classic litmus test" for the tenor of the new Senate, said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial vacancies for the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C.... Given that approval from the home-state senators and the broad support Restrepo had for his confirmation to the district court, "It would be a real condemnation of the new Senate" if he doesn't move through the confirmation process smoothly, Sugameli said.... If the incoming Republican leadership holds to its recent statements about how it will conduct the next session, there's no reason that Restrepo shouldn't have a hearing when they come back at the beginning of the year, Sugameli said.... Sugameli called Restrepo a "no-brainer" for confirmation to the Third Circuit, saying, "I do not understand how there could be any reason to delay or block" him.

Federal judgeship appointments not expected until 2015 (Daily Record [NY], 11/14/14)
"It is not unusual for the nominations to still be pending months later, according to Glenn Sugameli, senior attorney and founder of Judging the Environment, who has headed its judicial nominations project since 2001. He said it takes time for the FBI to conduct its background checks and the American Bar Association to complete its review process. ... Sugameli said he understands Obama is expected to make some more nominations next week and that the good news is that Grassley has repeatedly said he looks forward to confirming consensus nominees .... He also pointed out Grassley has been clear that judicial emergencies should take precedent and that Western New York could become an emergency situation if left without an active judge in Buffalo in the beginning of the year. In addition, Sugameli said deference is often paid to the nominees of committee members and that Schumer is on the Judiciary Committee. “There are a number of senators who are up for re-election in two years who I think will have a lot of pressure to show that they are trying to act in areas where there can be agreement and judicial nominees certainly should be one of those areas,” Sugameli said. “Every senator has a constitutional duty to fill vacancies as soon as they can with qualified nominees.”"

Lame duck Senate moving on Georgia judges (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/12/14)
Daniel Malloy: Glenn Sugameli, who closely tracks judicial nominations for the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, said the need for Reid to file cloture motions on the Georgia judges is “absurd.” He called the actions “knee-jerk obstruction for obstruction’s sake, when it hurts the people and businesses who need federal courts to decide cases, rather than (President Barack) Obama or Democratic senators.”

Charles Grassley brings charm, savvy to Senate Judiciary Committee (Los Angeles Times, 11/12/14)
Timothy M. Phelps: But even liberals such as Glenn Sugameli, who follows judicial nominations for the Defenders of Wildlife environmental group, believe that Grassley has the experience to run the committee. "The real issue is whether he will be willing to take action that is necessary to allow [Obama] nominees to have hearings," Sugameli said.

Jill Pryor a step closer to the 11th Circuit (Updated) (Southern District of Florida Blog, 07/30/14)
"She will fill Judge Birch's seat which has been vacant for 1436 days! HT Glenn Sugameli"

District Court facing another vacancy (Daily Record [NY], 07/30/14)
Denise M. Champagne: "Glenn Sugameli, founder and senior attorney of Judging the Environment, who has been tracking the federal judiciary for more than a decade, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been concentrating on trying to reduce the vacancy crisis and force votes on judges."

Amid Partisan Divide, Krause Seated on Third Circuit (Legal Intelligencer, 07/09/14)
Those 30 hours of debate after the cloture vote are more accurately called “30 hours of post-cloture delay,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, who tracks judicial vacancies....Clearly, this is a problem, Sugameli said.... "Reid has been focusing on judicial nominees," Sugameli said, also pointing to the upcoming election as putting pressure on his party. Of Krause, he said, it's "great that this vacancy has been filled," but there's still an empty seat on the Third Circuit; an empty seat in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, although that bench got four nominees in June; and three vacancies in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Republicans hold over vote for Judges Bloom & Gayles (Southern District of Florida Blog, 05/01/14)
David Markus: Ho hum... more of the same... and for no reason. Just because ... People for the American Way aren't happy with Sen. Rubio on this. I wish voters knew more about this wasteful and silly process. Good luck to Judges Bloom and Gayles next week! HT: Glenn Sugameli"

NOMINATIONS: Senate confirms 9th Circuit appeals judge (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 04/01/14)
Jeremy P. Jacobs: "Glenn Sugameli of the Defenders of Wildlife noted that the 9th Circuit's vacancies are among the 34 judicial emergencies declared by the federal Judicial Conference. "Justice delayed is justice denied, as 9th Circuit and other federal judicial vacancies postpone needed court resolutions of important issues," Sugameli said. "Unfortunately, Senate GOP leaders continue unjustifiable delays of floor votes on dozens of pending judicial nominees, including those who were unopposed in committee and are strongly supported by their home-state Republican senators.""

Glenn Sugameli comment on Keenan confirmed by Senate for 4th Circuit post (Washington Post, 03/02/14)
"Your description of the Senate’s 99-0 vote to confirm Judge Barbara Keenan to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after a long-delay reveals the degree of mindless obstructionism by Republican Senators. Even more telling is the fact that one or more unnamed Republican Senators refused to agree to a time limit on debate and forced a cloture vote to cut off a filibuster on Judge Keenan’s nomination, which was approved without dissent by the Judiciary Committee. Incredibly, the filibuster “debate” today proceeded without a single word spoken against the nominee, and the cloture vote to cut off the filibuster was also a unanimous 99-0!... Today's cloture vote demonstrates conclusively that "opposition" to confirming Judge Keenan was pure obstruction for the sake of obstruction. The delay, filibuster, and demand for a cloture vote continued despite Keenan’s bi-partisan support and the lack of any concerns about the merits of the nomination or the need to fill the seat."

Two Federal Judges Confirmed in NorCal (Courthouse News Service, 02/26/14)
Environmental lawyer Glenn Sugameli pointed out, however, that "32 of these vacancies without nominees are in states with one or two Republican senators whose 'blue slips' are required for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing under Chairman Patrick Leahy's policy." "Senators' incredibly slow judicial-nominating commissions have still not submitted any potential nominees to the White House for nine Pennsylvania vacancies, nine Texas vacancies and three Kentucky vacancies," added Sugameli, who heads a judicial nominations project called the Judging the Environment.

Filling the District of Arizona Vacancies (Arizona Law Review, 02/24/14)
Carl Tobias: "I wish to thank Peggy Sanner and Glenn Sugameli for valuable suggestions"

Obama is light on recess appointing (Charleston Daily Mail [WV], 02/21/14)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "The Jan. 28 editorial, "Will the president show better listening skills?" states, "The president also is fighting at the U.S. Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and bypass the U.S. Senate — claiming they are in recess when they are not — to make judicial nominations." In fact, the court case only involves Executive Branch recess appointments for a simple reason. As the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported, President Obama has never made a recess judicial appointment (unlike President G.W. Bush who made two, and Clinton who made one). The same report shows that as of June 4, 2013, Obama only made 32 executive recess appointments. This is far less than the executive and judicial recess appointments made by Presidents Reagan (232), George W. Bush (171), Clinton (139) and even one-term president George H.W. Bush (78). President Obama has routinely consulted very conservative home-state Republican senators and obtained their strong support to confirm consensus judicial nominees. Vacancies without nominees are concentrated in Kentucky, Texas and a few other states."

Reid calls for cloture vote on Jay Moody judicial nomination (Arkansas Times, 02/12/14)
"UPDATE on the Republican obstruction of judicial nominations, particularly as it relates to the nomination of Circuit Judge Jay Moody to a seat on the federal eastern district court bench in Little Rock. Thanks again to Glenn Sugameli and Carl Tobias for the heads-up:"

Pryor's reward for helping Republicans: obstructionism (Arkansas Times, 02/12/14)
Max Brantley: "U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor was one of a handful of Democrats who declined to support the so-called nuclear option, a rule change to eliminate the filibuster of judicial nominees. The thanks he got today? A Republican refused to grant him unanimous consent to win approval of the nominations of two non-controvesial judicial appointees — Judge Jay Moody of Little Rock and Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville. Glenn Sugameli, who heads the Judging the Environment judicial nominations project, sent me the exchange from the Senate floor. ...Why is Grassley punishing Arkansas, whose senators didn't support the rule change (he noted Pryor's vote) and whose senators, Democrat and Republican, support the nominees? ... Grassley is, of course, also a hypocrite. Sugameli notes that Grassley supported a nuclear option in 2005 when the shoe was on the other foot."

Two federal judges in Utah taking senior status: Utah’s federal court will have two openings for judges; Senate is slow to confirm nominations (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 02/05/14)
Brooke Adams: Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment and a senior staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife who monitors judicial nominations, said the vacancy rate would be drastically reduced if Senate Republicans would vote on 29 pending judicial nominees. "All 29 have been approved in the Judiciary Committee, most with the approval of all members, including both Utah senators," Sugameli said. "The continuing unprecedented judicial vacancy crisis is denying people and companies the access to judges they need to resolve a wide range of legal disputes."

Flake, McCain Clear Way for Arizona Judicial Nominees (Congressional Quarterly, 01/27/14)
Glenn Sugameli, who follows judicial nominations closely as a staff attorney with the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, said the Arizona district court has had high-profile judicial staffing problems for years. The court's former chief judge, John Roll, was waiting to speak with then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., about the heavy caseload when he was shot to death at a constituent meeting with the former lawmaker in 2011, Sugameli said. Giffords was gravely wounded in the attack, in which five other people died. "That's why he [died]," Sugameli said of Roll.

Arkansas judicial nominations on Senate Committee agenda Thursday (Arkansas Times, 01/07/14)
Max Brantley: "That batch of federal judicial nominations resubmitted yesterday by President Obama are on the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda Thursday morning. They include Judge Jay Moody of Little Rock and Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville. Neither is considered controversial but Republican obstructionism has slowed all judicial nominations, controversial and otherwise. Thanks to Glenn Sugameli, who heads the Judging the Environment judicial nominations project, for the headsup."

Confirmation for N.Y.'s Elizabth A. Wolford is historic for multiple reasons (Daily Record [NY], 12/13/13)
"Glenn Sugameli, senior attorney and co-founder of Judging the Environment, said the number of “no” votes on both cloture and the merits of Wolford’s nomination were amazing, considering how strongly her nomination had been supported. He has headed his organization’s judicial nominations project since 2001. “It’s an indication of how obstructionist most of the Republicans are being in that this is the sort of nomination that normally would have been confirmed by voice vote, as it was in committee,” Sugameli said. “There was no opposition on the merits and it would have been confirmed awhile back. There’s a lot of obstruction still going on,” he added, pointing to the final delay Thursday morning. He said Republicans are complaining that Democrats are wasting time, yet they used up their post-cloture time talking about things that have nothing to do with the nominee being considered. Sugameli said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was wrong earlier this week when he said none of the pending nominees were judicial emergencies. The vacancy Wolford will fill was considered a judicial emergency based on caseloads. “It’s an emergency seat that should have been filled a long time ago,” Sugameli said. “It is a very bizarre situation where they’re really punishing the people and the businesses in the areas that don’t have enough judges. This doesn’t hurt the Democrats. “McConnell showed disinterest in the truth and finding out what the facts are. His statement was truly amazing for the amount of deception and outright lies.”"

Does Senator’s silence signal dark motives? (NC Policy Watch, 09/25/13)
"Burr’s action (or lack thereof) is not going unnoticed in the nation’s capital. Veteran D.C. court watcher and environmental policy advocate Glenn Sugameli put it this way to Blythe: “To believe you would block someone in a district that’s had a vacancy for that long, that’s pretty shocking, amazing and appalling. It’s a festering boil. It’s an open embarrassment for Sen. Burr – or it should be.”"

Longest Running Judicial Vacancy in Nation: More Than 2,800 Days Old (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 09/23/13)
"Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, told the newspaper, “To believe you would block someone in a district that’s had a vacancy for that long, that’s pretty shocking, amazing and appalling. It’s a festering boil. It’s an open embarrassment for Sen. Burr – or it should be.”"

NC's Eastern District judicial vacancy is longest in the nation (News & Observer [NC], 09/20/13)
Anne Blythe: "Glenn Sugameli, founder of Judging the Environment, an organization that tracks federal vacancies and the impact they can have on civil court calendars and environmental lawsuits, said he has been baffled by the stall in North Carolina’s Eastern District. ... “To believe you would block someone in a district that’s had a vacancy for that long, that’s pretty shocking, amazing and appalling,” Sugameli said Friday. “It’s a festering boil. It’s an open embarrassment for Sen. Burr – or it should be.” Sugameli said what complicates the continued vacancy is the silence from Burr as to why he has not submitted his blue slip. “At this point, I think there’s an obligation for the senator to explain,” Sugameli said. “Once you know what the problem is you can start to address it. When all you have is total silence, that makes it more difficult.”"

COURTS: EPA air cases on deck as Obama appointee joins D.C. Circuit bench  (Greenwire, 09/06/13)
Srinivasan is "clearly very bright, extremely qualified and he has a mass of experience," said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks the D.C. Circuit for Defenders of Wildlife. "And he's relatively young. He is in a position where he could have a big influence on the court." Standing is a "very broad, sweeping issue," Sugameli said. "It tends to be more of a potential constitutional barrier to Congress' clear intent to give citizens the right to enforce environmental statutes. ... So those cases can be critical."

Nonpartisan Judgeship Plan Meets Partisan Senate Debate over D.C. Circuit (Congressional Quarterly, 08/19/13)
The “one source of impartial expertise” on court caseloads is the Judicial Conference, said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife ...l. The Republican proposal to shrink the D.C. Circuit ignores the conference’s nonpartisan recommendations and is a partisan attempt to prevent Obama’s nominees from being confirmed, Sugameli said, calling the plan “absurd on its face.” ... “I don’t know what people like Cornyn and Cruz and Flake are going to do,” Sugameli said. “They have severe needs in their states.”

Judicial happenings (Southern District of Florida Blog, 08/01/13)
Glenn Sugameli breaks the news again about federal judgeships: A) New future vacancy raises US total to 101 current and future vacancies B) Major bill to create 91 new federal judgeships, including many in FL How will this bill affect us: Permanent judgeships: • 3 additional district judgeships for the southern district of Florida; • 5 additional district judgeships for the middle district of Florida; • 1 additional district judgeship for the northern district of Florida; Temporary judgeships: • 1 additional district judgeship for the middle district of Florida; Permanent status to temporary judgeships: • 1 in the southern district of Florida;

COURTS: Obama nominates 3 to D.C. Circuit  (Greenwire, 06/04/13)
"The Grassley bill is a joke," said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife. "The D.C. Circuit has an exclusive or leading role in upholding or gutting a broad range of national environmental safeguards."

COURTS: Senate unanimously confirms D.C. Circuit nominee (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 05/23/13)
Environmentalists have closely watched Srinivasan's nomination and have criticized Republicans for holding up D.C. Circuit nominees. No judge has been confirmed to the circuit since 2006, and President George W. Bush was far more effective in filling the court's vacancies than Obama has been. "The D.C. Circuit needs 11 judges to issue timely and well-reasoned decisions on a broad range of national environmental safeguards where the court has exclusive jurisdiction or a leading role," said Glenn Sugameli of Defenders of Wildlife.

COURTS: Confirmation vote for D.C. Circuit nominee possible by tomorrow (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 05/22/13)
"Timely and well-reasoned decisions on national environmental, health, safety, consumer, labor and other safeguards require filling all four vacancies on the 11-member D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals," said Glenn Sugameli of the Defenders of Wildlife.

D.C. Circuit Nominee Blocked, Raising Fears Over Slow Rulings On EPA Rules  (Inside EPA, 03/06/13)
"Environmentalists say the concern is especially relevant given the court's role in reviewing many EPA rules and policies. A source with the advocacy project Judging the Environment points to the Aug. 21 decision from a three-judge panel vacating EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) interstate emissions trading program, arguing that additional judges on the court could have resulted in EPA and advocates winning en banc review where the full court would have reconsidered what the source says is the "flawed" 2-1 opinion. ... The source says more broadly that both the speed with which the court can make a decision as well as the quality of the decision are both negatively affected by the lack of judges on the bench. More judges, the source argues, mean more time to write careful opinions that can deal with all the issues involved in a way that all parties in the case can understand how the issues are resolved, helping district judges work through future cases as well. And in terms of timing, the source argues that less time in reviewing air rules that are ultimately upheld mean less delays in implementing rules, which leads to lives saved from the pollution reduced under the rule. The environmentalist notes that poor decisions from an overworked court can have broad impacts, and that a court at less than full strength is limited in reviewing cases en banc given that a majority is needed to agree to rehearing. "If they [mess] something up, it's national in scope," the source says."

Courts: Republicans again block D.C. Circuit nominee  (Greenwire, 03/06/13)
Jeremy P. Jacobs: "Environmental groups immediately criticized Republicans. Glenn Sugameli of Defenders of Wildlife, who tracks judicial nominations, said the Republican arguments against Halligan were "dishonest and clearly erroneous." He echoed Schumer's claims that Republicans were simply trying to avoid "allowing any balance" on the D.C. Circuit."

COURTS: Liberals push Obama to restock powerful D.C. Circuit  (Greenwire, 02/06/13)
Jeremy P. Jacobs: "The D.C. Circuit is the second most important court for the environment in the country after the Supreme Court," said Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife. "For the vast majority of the cases, it has the final say for safeguards for air, water and other toxic threats. The court is at a point where it desperately needs new judges."

Judging the Environment (Legal Planet: The Environmental Law & Policy Blog, 01/29/13)
Jonathan Zasloff: "Covering the Senate Republicans’ continuing obstruction of judicial nominees is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but the good folks at Defenders of Wildlife, one of the nation’s most venerable environmental organizations, have decided to invest in doing it, with their vital blog, Judging The Environment. It’s run by staff attorney Glenn Sugameli. ... Judging the Environment is useful for another reason: it continually highlights how Senate Republicans are not just blocking “controversial” nominees, but uncontroversial ones — nominees that have the support of both home state Senators, even extremely and radically right-wing home state Senators. ... Usually, in the wake of a clear an convincing election victory, minority party Senators will defer at least a little to the will of the public — especially if the President nominates indisputably centrist judges. But the Senate GOP is not interested in such things. That’s why Judging the Environment is an important source going forward. Check it out."

Judging the Environment (SierraActivist, 01/29/13)
Reproduces Legal Planet post

U.S. appeals court nominee Robert E. Bacharach may have to be nominated again next year: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn blames “inside politics” for possibility that Bacharach, who has strong bipartisan support, might not be confirmed this year (Oklahoman, 12/23/12)
Attorney Glenn Sugameli, who tracks the judicial process for the Washington-based Judging the Environment Project, said it was “insane” that a nominee like Bacharach, “who is absolutely unopposed,” can’t get a vote. “Is there any reason not to vote on him now?” Sugameli said. “There is no reason.”

Geraci’s nomination confirmed by Senate (Daily Record [NY], 12/14/12)
Six judges have been confirmed since the lame duck session began Nov. 13, according to Glenn Sugameli, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife and founder and director of Judging the Environment, who has been closely following the federal judiciary for more than a decade. “I think they’re finally moving, at least on the District Court nominees,” he said, noting Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who opposed many nominations when they came before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, has said he expects a lot of nominees to be confirmed. Sugameli said Judge Geraci has been rated very well qualified and received broad support. “There’s no reason he should not have been confirmed a long time ago,” he said. ... “Most of the ones that are still pending are judicial emergencies,” said Sugameli. “There’s no reason not to fill those seats. The obstruction has gotten to the point where it’s just meaningless.” Sugameli said there is also mounting pressure to get nominations confirmed with letters sent to the Senate by the federal and American bar associations and newspaper editorials throughout the country calling for action. “There’s been a lot of commentary around the country saying this is an example of mindless obstruction and just vote; just do it,” Sugameli said.

Letter to the editor: More skirmishes over 'confirmation wars' (Altoona Herald-Index [IA], 12/09/12)
From Glenn Sugameli, founder and director, Judging the Environment

Letter to the editor: More skirmishes over 'confirmation wars' (Iowa City Press-Citizen, 12/09/12)
From Glenn Sugameli, founder and director, Judging the Environment

Letter to the editor: More skirmishes over 'confirmation wars' (Shreveport Times [LA], 12/09/12)
From Glenn Sugameli, founder and director, Judging the Environment

Letter to the editor: More skirmishes over 'confirmation wars' (Des Moines Register [IA], 12/09/12)
Glenn Sugameli, founder and director, Judging the Environment: Marc Elcock’s Iowa View “Obama Can Quell Confirmation Wars” (Dec. 4) attacks an imaginary version of “Grassley Has a Chance To Quell Confirmation Wars” (Nov. 27) that was written by professor Carl Tobias. Tobias accurately wrote that Senate Republicans have “automatically held over panel votes for seven days without convincing reasons for many nominees who were extremely capable and noncontroversial.” Elcock quotes the last four words out of context. He then misreads “many nominees” as if it was “all nominees” in order to contest a straw man claim that Tobias never made, “the assertion that Obama’s nominees were all noncontroversial.” Elcock ignores Tobias’ focus on pending judicial nominees. Will Sen. Chuck Grassley convince Senate Republicans to allow votes to confirm 17 judges? These include 14 whom Grassley and the Judiciary Committee approved on voice votes and 10 who would fill “judicial emergency” vacancies. Incredibly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is ignoring pleas from Oklahoma, Maine, and Pennsylvania home-state Republican senators. As the Register’s Aug. 7 editorial described, unopposed 10th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Robert Bacharach has “the strong support of both home-state senators, Republicans Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.”

McConnell blocking judicial nominations (Contra Costa Times [CA] , 12/08/12)
Letter to the Editor from Glenn Sugameli, Founder and director Judging the Environment

McConnell blocking judicial nominations (San Jose Mercury News [CA], 12/08/12)
Letter to the Editor from Glenn Sugameli, Founder and director Judging the Environment: California federal courts are especially clogged because of Senate Republican filibusters that have "halted the nominations of nearly two dozen judicial appointments, causing backlogs in courts that delay justice for people and businesses across the country," ("Senate should go back to the future on filibuster reform," Editorial, Dec. 4). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., continues to block votes to confirm 17 judicial nominees, including 14 whom the Judiciary Committee approved on voice votes. All four pending California nominees would fill vacancies that the U.S. courts have declared to be "judicial emergencies." Last week, the Senate GOP inexplicably delayed committee votes on five nominees, including another for a California judicial emergency. Incredibly, Sen. McConnell is even ignoring pleas for votes by both home-state Republican senators from Oklahoma and both from Maine, as well as from Sens. Bob Casey, D.-Pa., and Pat Toomey, R.-Pa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, also strongly supports confirming Patty Shwartz, his state's nominee to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judicial nominees still languish in Senate (Baltimore Sun, 12/07/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: John Fritze's recent article on the appointment of U.S. Magistrate Paul W. Grimm to a U.S. District Court seat ("Senate confirms Towson resident Grimm for U.S. judgeship," Dec. 4) reported the key point: Senate gridlock delayed action even though Paul Grimm's February nomination was "uncontroversial — members of both parties supported him." Indeed, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski urged swift action on other judicial nominees, 15 of whom were reported by voice vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Republican leaders, however, are still blocking votes to confirm 17 judges. They have even ignored pleas for long-overdue votes by both home-state Republican senators from Oklahoma and both from Maine, as well as from Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican. New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie also strongly supports confirming Patty Shwartz, his state's nominee to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Moving on Stalled Judicial Nominees (National Law Journal, 12/06/12)
"Glenn Sugameli, who follows judicial nominations for Judging the Environment and Defenders of Wildlife, said there is still plenty of time for votes on all remaining district and circuit court nominees. "It is hard to believe that Senator [Mitch] McConnell can continue to ignore pleas for votes by both home-state Republican senators from Oklahoma and both from Maine, as well as from Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.),” Sugameli said in an email."

Is Eastern District Nominee Troy Nunley Getting Closer To Senate Confirmation? (Eastern District Blog [CA], 12/06/12)
Reprints NLJ post quoting "Glenn Sugameli, who follows judicial nominations for Judging the Environment and Defenders of Wildlife"

Why Courts Matter: What the 2012 Election Means for 2013 and Beyond (Center for American Progress, 11/08/12)
Doug Kendall, Founder and President, Constitutional Accountability Center: “Glenn [Sugameli, Judging the Environment] does an incredible job of tracking every piece of press about this issue that’s out there and putting them on his website. It is an incredible resource for the entire community that’s interested in this. He really has collected a ton of editorial press.”

Why Courts Matter: What the 2012 Election Means for 2013 and Beyond (Center for American Progress, 11/08/12)
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society: “I want to commend Glenn [Sugameli, Judging the Environment]for everything you do which is so important. People need to understand that Glenn doesn’t just compile; Glenn actually makes sure these editorials happen. He writes Letters to the Editor to newspapers across the country. We saw the cumulative effect of that in terms of political impact. I’m sure my friends from Sen. Leahy’s office know this well; when I was chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell, what your home-state paper says really counts, so the efforts to get Editorials, to get opinion pieces, to get Letters to the Editor is one of the major things that moves senators.”

Letter: Republicans block court nominees (Knoxville News Sentinel [TN], 10/04/12)
Glenn Sugameli: Your editorial, "Senate shouldn't tarry on TVA board nominees," urged action "during the lame-duck session." In 2010, Tennessee's U.S. senators finally overcame opposition to Jane Stranch's 6th Circuit Court of Appeals nomination. Now, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has blocked even unopposed trial court nominees. All 15 blockaded district court nominees had Judiciary Committee approval and support from their Republican and Democratic senators. Ten would fill judicial emergency vacancies declared by the courts. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D, Vt., stated: "Senate Republicans have not explained their unprecedented obstruction of President Obama's consensus nominees." In August, Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., insisted there was "no reason" not to confirm his state's nominees in September "by a voice vote. This could be done in a moment." Now, he is urging confirmations during the lame-duck session, when the Senate will decide if justice delayed will remain justice denied.

Republicans block Geraci’s nomination (Daily Record [NY], 09/22/12)
nominations, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “There’s still a possibility that they could agree and confirm some or all of those nominations,” Glenn Sugameli, head of Judging the Environment’s judicial nominations project in Washington, D.C., said Friday. “Nobody has opposed any of the 14 nominees who came through committee on voice votes.” Sugameli said unless the Republicans agree to allow a vote, there would not be enough time to vote on the pending nominees before the Senate recesses until after the Nov. 6 general election. He was not optimistic action would be taken between the elections and when the 113th Congress is seated in January. “It’s a total crap shoot,” Sugameli said. “The idea that maybe we might get to one of these in the lame duck session is no comfort at all. The idea that you might have to wait to fill these judicial emergencies until well into next year is outrageous. This is appalling.” Sugameli called McConnell’s statistics “a numbers game” and said there is no reason for Republicans to object. He agreed with Reid that votes on district court nominees who have the support of their home senators and are unopposed have never been blocked before. Sugameli said there is no reason to leave the judicial nominations hanging, “other than sheer partisan obstruction,” something he said he has never seen before in all the years he has been following judicial nominations. “This still stuns me,” he said. “It’s a big deal because there are over 800 district judges and they’re the judges who hold trials and decide issues that are critical to ordinary people, companies and others,” Sugameli said. “That’s where justice delayed is justice denied is especially true, at the trial court level.” “There is plenty of recent precedent for confirming at least the 17 pending nominees,” Sugameli said. “Something still could happen. It should happen. It always has happened. What tends to happen is that nominations, including judicial nominations, are the last thing they do before they walk out the door.”

GLENN SUGAMELI: U.S. Senate should honor the Constitution [& act on judicial nominees] (Patriot Ledger [MA], 09/21/12)
While The Patriot Ledger’s Sept. 17 OUR OPINION aptly urged “Honor Constitution Day by exercising your rights,” U.S. Senators should honor the day by exercising their constitutional duties. Before the Senate recesses this week, it must provide 17 pending district (trial) court nominees “the Advice and Consent of the Senate,” as required by the Constitution’s Article 2, Section 2. Empty judgeships mean justice delayed is justice denied. The Judiciary Committee approved all 17 with support from their Republican and Democratic home-state senators. Twelve would fill U.S. Courts-declared judicial emergency vacancies. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, reportedly “expects the district court nominees to be approved this month.” Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., held a news conference to insist there is “no reason” not to confirm two Pennsylvania federal district court judges in September “by a voice vote. This could be done in a moment.”

Geraci’s nomination blocked by Republican senator  (Daily Record [NY], 09/21/12)
"Glenn Sugameli, head of Judging the Environment’s judicial nominations project in Washington, D.C., said there is still a possibility the Senate could agree to confirm some or all of the nominees before it recesses until after Election Day, Nov. 6."

The Public Pulse, Sept. 20: Senate needs to approve judges (Omaha World-Herald [NE] , 09/20/12)
Glenn Sugameli: In his Sept. 17 Midlands Voices essay, “Constitution still relevant, unique,” Michael B. Godfrey explains how the U.S. Constitution created a functional national government, unlike the prior Articles of Confederation, which had “neither an executive nor a judicial branch.” Unfortunately, high numbers of judicial vacancies mean justice delayed is justice denied, as Carol Bloch and Jan Schneiderman discussed in an Aug. 30 Midlands Voices essay, “Judicial vacancies adversely affect Midlanders.” Before recessing, the U.S. Senate has a duty to provide 17 pending District (trial) Court nominees “the Advice and Consent of the Senate,” required by the Constitution’s Article II, Section 2. The Judiciary Committee approved all 17 with support from their Republican and Democratic home-state senators. Twelve would fill declared judicial emergency vacancies in U.S. courts. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, reportedly expects the District Court nominees to be approved this month. Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., held a press conference to insist there is no reason not to confirm two Pennsylvania federal District Court judges in September “by a voice vote. This could be done in a moment.” Since 2001, I have headed the Judging the Environment project on judicial nominations.

Confirming judges (Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], 09/18/12)
Letter to the Editor by Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife: he Monday editorial, "On Constitution Day: Celebrated but challenged," demonstrated the need to protect "the right to vote ... because electing members of our representative government is the core function of citizenship." Before recessing this week, the U.S. Senate must in turn exercise its core function in our representative government to vote on nominees for our third branch of government, the federal judiciary. Senators must provide 17 pending district court nominees "the Advice and Consent of the Senate," as required by the Constitution's Article 2, Section 2. Empty judgeships mean justice delayed is justice denied. The Judiciary Committee approved all 17 with support from their Republican and Democratic home-state senators. Twelve would fill U.S. courts-declared judicial emergency vacancies. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee reportedly "expects the district court nominees to be approved this month." Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania held a news conference to insist there is "no reason" not to confirm two Pennsylvania federal district court judges in September by a voice vote.

Court Vacancies Mire Appeals  (Congressional Quarterly, 09/17/12)
"The D.C. Circuit agreed to just one en banc review in each of its last two terms. “The vacancies really do have an impact,” says Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental advocacy group in Washington."

Frank Geraci Jr.'s federal court nomination enters crucial phase (Democrat and Chronicle [NY] , 09/12/12)
"Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife who closely follows judicial nominations, said Tuesday he’s heard Republicans and Democrats are working on a package of nominations that could be approved prior to the next recess. If that doesn’t happen, Republicans such as Toomey could be hurt by appearing politically ineffective within their own caucus, Sugameli said."

Senate Confirms District Court Nominee, Showing Trial Judges Can Still Advance (Congressional Quarterly, 09/10/12)
“There’s no reason why they couldn’t confirm [all pending nominees] in an hour,” said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental advocacy organization. “You can do these all in voice vote.”

JUDICIARY: Vacancies shouldn’t wait on election (News Tribune [WA] , 09/07/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: Re: “Federal court vacancies will likely wait on the election” (www.thenewstribune.com, 9-6). Despite this report, the Senate may very well confirm delayed consensus nominees this month. There is still plenty of time. For example, on Sept. 26, 2008, the Democratic Senate confirmed 10 U.S. District Court judge appointments by President George W. Bush. The Judiciary Committee approved 18 currently pending District Court nominees with support from every Republican and Democratic home-state senator. Judiciary Committee Republicans supported 17 of these nominees. Twelve would reduce U.S. courts-declared judicial emergency vacancies that delay and deny justice. Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania even traveled to an empty courthouse and held a news conference to insist there is no reason not to confirm two Pennsylvania federal District Court judges in September. He is correct; only senseless partisan obstruction by Senate Republicans could still prevent confirming all the committee-approved nominees.

Oregon still waiting for judicial nomination: White House says vetting process for seat is ongoing (Statesman Journal [OR], 08/11/12)
Article extensively quotes Glenn Sugameli, head of Judging the Environment’s Judicial Nomination Project, part of the environmental nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife.

Letter to the editor: GOP partisanship delays filling judgeships (Des Moines Register [IA], 08/09/12)
Glenn Sugameli: The Register editorial “Judges Remain Hostages in the Senate“ (Aug. 7) aptly describes how federal judicial vacancies delay and deny justice, and how Senate Republican obstruction even extends to district court (trial) judges and filibustering unopposed 10th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Robert Bacharach, who “had the strong support of both home-state senators, Republicans Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.” Senators unanimously agreed, however, to a Sept. 10 confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nomination of Stephanie Rose as a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Iowa. Senate GOP leaders including Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley confined the current shutdown to circuit court of appeals nominees. In the last presidential election year, the Democratic Senate confirmed 10 President George W. Bush district judges on Sept. 26, 2008. All Democratic and Republican home-state senators support the 18 currently pending district court nominees. Sen. Grassley and other Judiciary Committee Republicans approved 15 on voice votes, including 11 of the 12 who would reduce the record number of U.S. Court-declared judicial emergency vacancies. Only senseless GOP partisan obstruction has delayed, and could still prevent, their confirmation.

Letter to the editor: GOP partisanship delays filling judgeships (Indianapolis Star [IN], 08/09/12)
From Glenn Sugameli, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife re: Des Moines Register Editorial

Letter to the editor: GOP partisanship delays filling judgeships (Indianola Record-Herald [IA], 08/08/12)
From Glenn Sugameli, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife re: Des Moines Register Editorial

Oregon waiting months for judicial nomination from White House (Gannett News Service , 08/02/12)
"There are many reasons the nomination process may be delayed "beyond which they are busy", said Glenn Sugameli, head of Judging the Environment's Judicial Nomination Project, part of the environmental non-profit, Defenders of Wildlife. "It's also possible they looked at one person and then there was a snag," he said. Sugameli said the vetting process has become more stringent and lengthier in recent years -- in large part to save embarrassing candidates getting through. ... "There really is a vacancy crisis," said Sugameli. "It's pretty amazing how long it's been and how sustained it's been."... Sugameli said candidates who have their names submitted are realizing in the current climate they may be pending for two years and increasingly withdraw themselves because there is too much uncertainty or they want to avoid an at times degrading procedure. "The process has really got so dysfunctional, so nasty, so uncertain" that it's discouraging people from subjecting themselves to the process, he said."

[Sen.] Graham support (Herald [Rock Hill, SC], 07/24/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "Efforts by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to block all nominees to U.S. Courts of Appeals are even more unprecedented and unjustifiable than explained in Opinions: "Reject the 'Thurmond Rule'" (Los Angeles Times Editorial, July 13). The so-called "Thurmond Rule" Sen. McConnell is claiming to invoke has never prevented Floor votes on Committee-approved consensus, noncontroversial nominations. Those at issue include an unopposed Federal Circuit nominee and two others who are strongly supported by their Oklahoma and Maine home-state Republican senators. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said McConnell's action was "stupid," and that Robert Bacharach would make a great Tenth Circuit nominee for a Republican president. Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins stated that they would support a cloture motion to end any filibuster of First Circuit nominee William Kayatta, Jr. Previously, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others in the bi-partisan "Gang of 14" defused filibusters and approved President George W. Bush's controversial Circuit Court nominees. Now, Sen. Graham could help confirm consensus nominees by joining with GOP senators who voted for South Carolina-based trial and appellate court judges whom President Obama nominated with Sen. Graham's strong support.

Non-Controversial Judicial Nominee Stalemate Worsens, Turning Conventionality Upside Down (Moderate Voice, 07/23/12)
Scott Crass: Glenn Sugameli of “Judging the Environment” cited to the “Tribune” 10 nominees confirmed via consent in September of 2008, adding that “clearly there can be, should be and has been Senate action in presidential years to confirm consensus nominees well into September.”

Conservative Ex-Judge Urges Vote on Appellate Nominee  (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 07/23/12)
Peter Hardin: In a sidebar, the Salt Lake Tribune quoted Glenn Sugameli, an attorney and judicial analyst for Defenders of Wildlife, as saying it would be simple for the Senate to act quickly on the dozen or so federal judicial nominees who have won unanimous approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “There are plenty of examples in the past when there were votes on a bunch of people at the same time,” he said.

Inaction on judges affecting Utah: Courts » Stalling by Congress affects even nominees with bipartisan support.  (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 07/22/12)
“You are in a situation now where it really is unprecedented in the extent of the obstruction,” said Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney with Judging the Environment, which keeps watch on federal judicial nominations. “It makes no sense. It is even hard to figure out what the motive is at this time, other than to deny confirmations. I think they are clearly trying to leave a lot of these seats open for a different president to fill.” ... The judicial vacancy crisis Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney whoever oversees a federal judicial nomination project for Judging the Environment, said the Senate could easily act “tomorrow” on the dozen or so federal bench nominees with unanimous support from its Judiciary Committee. “There are plenty of examples in the past when there were votes on a bunch of people at the same time,” he said. The Senate acted on 10 district court nominees during a single vote in September 2008, for instance — including some who had committee hearings days earlier. “Clearly there can be, should be and has been Senate action in presidential years to confirm consensus nominees well into September,” he said.

Geraci nomination sent to full Senate  (Daily Record [NY], 07/20/12)
Glenn Sugameli, head of the environmental community’s Judging the Environment project on federal judicial nominations, said he believes Judge Geraci will be confirmed; it is just a question of when. “He could be confirmed next week, but unfortunately, I’m also pretty sure that he won’t be,” Sugameli said, noting that when it does, the Senate has been voting on nominees in the order received from the Judiciary Committee, so there are at least a dozen nominees ahead of Judge Geraci. “I think probably sometime in mid- to late September is most likely,” Sugameli said. ... Sugameli called Lee’s negative vote a token protest he has been registering against all Obama nominees since the president’s recess appointments in January. “Lee’s vote does not reflect any opposition on the merits and the same thing when it comes to the floor,” Sugameli said. He added that Republicans are trying to blame the White House for not nominating people to some of the slots but that, as Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said four years ago, the fact that the Senate does not have nominees for a few seats is no excuse for not voting on the ones it does have. Sugameli said there were 20 judicial emergencies when Obama took office and the fact that that has increased by more than 50 percent, and that there are 77 vacancies, is scandalous. “Whenever there is a vacancy at all, especially when there is a judicial emergency, it really means cases involving people and companies are not heard in a timely manner,” he added. “Justice delayed is justice denied. It’s an old saying, but it’s true. Every day of delay is absolutely unnecessary.” Sugameli said even Republican senators are calling for movement on the judicial nominations. ... He thinks some of that is behind stalling approval of judicial nominees, which he attributed to a lack of understanding of the importance of filling the vacancies and a desire to keep the positions open until after the election in hopes of filling the seats with right wing judges.

G. Sugameli: Confirmation blockade unprecedented (Sun Journal [ME] , 07/19/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "The Sun Journal editorial "Withholding confirmation” (July 14) eloquently explained how defendants and plaintiffs will suffer from the June 13 decision by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to block every appeals court nominee. That even applies to consensus nominees whom the Judiciary Committee had previously approved: Maine’s William Kayatta for the First Circuit, Richard Taranto for the Federal Circuit, and Robert Bacharach, a Tenth Circuit nominee who is strongly supported by his very conservative Oklahoma home state Republican senators. Election-year slowdowns have never prevented floor votes on consensus nominees like these. Unfortunately, the editorial missed that critical difference when it calls McConnell’s unprecedented across-the-board blockade a “routine move to block judicial appointments, which is seen in both parties . . . ” Indeed, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said McConnell’s action was “stupid,” and that Bacharach would make a great Tenth Circuit nominee for a Republican president. Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins said they would vote to end any filibuster of Kayatta’s nomination to fill Maine’s only seat on the six-judge appeals court. They could succeed by working with Oklahoma’s senators and others, including those who provided the 60 votes Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain needed on June 11 to end a filibuster of their home-state judge Andrew Hurwitz."

Unjustified opinions (Lake Wylie Pilot [SC], 07/17/12)
"Efforts by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to block all nominees to U.S. Courts of Appeals are even more unprecedented and unjustifiable than explained in Opinions: “Reject the ’Thurmond Rule’” ( Los Angeles Times Editorial, July 13). The so-called “Thurmond Rule” Sen. McConnell is claiming to invoke has never prevented Floor votes on Committee-approved consensus, noncontroversial nominations. Those at issue include an unopposed Federal Circuit nominee and two others who are strongly supported by their Oklahoma and Maine Republican senators. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said McConnell’s action was “stupid,” and that Robert Bacharach would make a great Tenth Circuit nominee for a Republican president. Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins stated that they would support a cloture motion to end any filibuster of First Circuit nominee William Kayatta, Jr. Previously, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others in the bi-partisan “Gang of 14” defused filibusters and approved President George W. Bush’s controversial Circuit Court nominees. Now, Sen. Graham could help confirm consensus nominees by joining with GOP senators who voted for South Carolina-based trial and appellate court judges whom President Obama nominated with Sen. Graham’s strong support." Lettter to the Editor, from GLENN SUGAMELI, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife

Congressional Gridlock and the Executive: A Battle Over Nominations, Recess Appointments, and the Use of the Filibuster (American Constitution Society Blog, 06/16/12)
Glenn Sugameli comments and question beginning at 1:20:31 of video

Sen. Hutchison Struggles With Facts About Judicial Nominations (Progress Texas, 05/14/12)
Mark Corcoran: "U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison got into a back-and-forth debate via letters to the editor (LTE) in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with Glenn Sugameli (Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife) regarding the issue of judicial nominations. It appears from the back-and-forth that Sen. Hutchison either doesn't understand the issue of judicial nominations and vacancies or is purposefully ignoring the facts of the situation. It began when Sugameli's called out inaccuracies stated by Sen. Hutchison in a LTE published on May 2nd:... Unfortunately for Sen. Hutchison, her response just like her original statement was filled with inaccuracies. Sugameli responded again on May 11th: ... What does it say that one of our Senators who is responsible to fill our vacancies don't understand the issue of judicial nominations?"

Still debating Senate judicial nominations (Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], 05/11/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's May 5 letter (See: "U.S. Senate is carrying out constitutional responsibility on judicial nominations" ) compounds the errors I described from her April 26 floor speech, while falsely labeling as "erroneous" my "claim" that the Senate is delaying federal district court nominees. (See also: "Delayed judicial nominees," May 2 letters). Her speech's stated understanding that "we have confirmed ... roughly the same number of district judges as President George Bush and President Clinton did in their first terms," is contradicted by the numbers I cited: Clinton (151), Bush (142) and Obama (113). Her letter's claim of Obama "district court nominees confirmed by the Senate (129)" as of the end of March includes all committee-approved nominees through April 26, more than a dozen of whom are still delayed by Senate Republicans. She also incorrectly claims the Senate will act on three, rather than two, district court nominees (the third is for a circuit court)."

New judge vacancy could further strain Atlanta courts (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 05/09/12)
"Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, noted that Georgia's two senators were outspoken in opposing filibusters of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. In a 2005 joint op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Chambliss and Isakson wrote “denial of an up-or-down vote goes against basic principles of fairness." Sugameli said the turnaround is striking, considering that the senators are preventing a hearing, much less a filibuster. “To pervert that into a situation where you’re essentially demanding the right to make all of the nominations for all of the slots is outrageous, unwarranted, and ... it really hurts the people not only in Georgia but in the rest of the circuit for whom justice delayed is going to continue to be justice denied,” Sugameli said."

JUDICIAL POLITICS Vacancies on bench at impasse Strain grows as Obama, Ga. senators can't agree on federal judgeships. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 05/08/12)
GA Senators "Chambliss and Isakson refuse to say why they are blocking President Barack Obama's nomination of Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor for the 11th Circuit appeals court, after both senators said they would approve her if she were nominated to the district court. ...“They need to explain publicly why they’re holding up her nomination, which has been vacant for a long time,” said University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias, who studies the confirmation process. “They’re sort of turning the Constitution on its head. The senators don’t nominate and give the president a chance to reject.” ... Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, noted that Georgia's two senators were outspoken in opposing filibusters of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. In a 2005 joint op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Chambliss and Isakson wrote “denial of an up-or-down vote goes against basic principles of fairness." Sugameli said the turnaround is striking, considering that the senators are preventing a hearing, much less a filibuster. “To pervert that into a situation where you’re essentially demanding the right to make all of the nominations for all of the slots is outrageous, unwarranted, and ... it really hurts the people not only in Georgia but in the rest of the circuit for whom justice delayed is going to continue to be justice denied,” Sugameli said."

JUDGES: Enviro groups at White House summit urge action on nominations  (Greenwire, 05/07/12)
Representatives from environmental groups were among those attending a White House summit this morning aimed at putting the spotlight on the slow rate at which the Senate has approved judicial nominations. Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Working Group were among 150 groups participating, according to Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer at Defenders of Wildlife. Attorney General Eric Holder was among the administration officials taking part. ... Obama's nominees have "disproportionately been the subject of partisan, unwarranted attacks," said Sugameli, who attended the meeting.

Senate GOP continues to delay judicial nominations (Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], 05/01/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "On Thursday, when the U.S. Senate finally confirmed David Guaderrama and Gregg Costa as Texas federal district judges, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stated, "As I understand it, we have confirmed the same -- roughly the same -- number of district judges as President George Bush and President Clinton did in their first terms. To my knowledge, we are not holding up nominations at all." Neither her understanding nor her knowledge even approaches reality. As of April 26, in their first terms, the Senate had confirmed 151 Clinton district judges, 142 of President Bush's but only 113 of President Obama's. Senate Republicans continue to block floor votes on 19 committee-approved nominations. These include nominees whom Texas Sen. John Cornyn and other Judiciary Committee Republicans supported to fill vacancies that the U.S. courts have designated as "judicial emergencies." Seven other nominees cannot even have hearings because GOP senators have not returned the required home-state senator "blue slips." Once Hutchison is aware of these facts, she could help confirm judges to overburdened courts so justice delayed will not continue to be justice denied."

Letter: judicial vacancies: Obstructionism burdens courts (San Diego Union-Tribune [CA] , 04/28/12)
"Greg Moran’s timely story reports that a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voice vote moved San Diego Superior Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel “one step closer Thursday to a seat on the federal bench.” (“Curiel clears Senate hurdle,” utsandiego.com, April 26.) I agree with law professor Carl Tobias that while Curiel is well-qualified and not a controversial nominee, it might be some months before Curiel’s nomination comes to a full vote. However, there is no valid reason for such a delay, and compelling reasons why waiting months will harm Californians as justice delayed continues to be justice denied in overburdened courts. Indeed, all six vacant California district judgeships and all four empty 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seats are among vacancies the U.S. courts have officially designated as “judicial emergencies.” Partisan obstruction by Senate Republicans continues to block floor votes on 19 committee-approved judicial nominations, including those that home-state GOP senators support to fill emergency vacancies." – Glenn Sugameli, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, D.C.

JUDICIAL EMERGENCY (Arkansas Times, 04/24/12)
Max Brantley: "The federal Eastern District of Arkansas, based in Little Rock, is now among the 39 districts considered in an emergency situation because of judicial vacancies and caseload. A nomination is pending to fill that vacancy in Arkansas, but the Senate keeps falling further behind on the confirmation process, including a deal that is supposed to produce the confirmation of Kris Baker of Little Rock to the Eastern District opening. Vacancies are twice the number that existed when President Obama took office. There's a lot of blame to spread around, but Republican obstructionism leads the list. Thanks to Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment for the news."

Sen. Heller v. Heller: The Latest Unjustifiable Obstruction of a Nominee to Fill a Federal Judicial Emergency Vacancy (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/13/12)
Glenn Sugameli Guest Post: "Justice delayed continues to be justice denied, as unjustifiable Senate obstruction of federal judicial nominees delays resolution of urgent health, safety, environmental, and other cases. In the latest example, Nevada GOP Senator Dean Heller’s misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s coincidentally-named D.C. v. Heller decision has led him to block a Judiciary Committee hearing on a pending nominee.... oes Sen. Heller really believe that because the Second Amendment is a constitutional right, it is not a case-by case right, so it applies not just to guns, but to all weapons, and to terrorists, “felons and the mentally ill”? If so, he must reject the Supreme Court’s D.C. v. Heller recognition that like other rights, the Second Amendment is a constitutional right that is also a case by case right. Trial judges, including Judge Cadish, do not have this option, however; they must follow existing law, including Supreme Court definitions of the nature and extent of constitutional rights."

Senators must push for judges (Yuma Sun [AZ] , 04/10/12)
Glenn Sugameli letter: "The Yuma Sun's April 1 editorial (“District courts need long-term help”) aptly notes that “technically there is no longer (a statewide) ‘emergency' in the U.S. District Court system in Arizona, but in reality there is.” Indeed, both vacant Arizona district judgeships and all four empty 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seats are still among 34 vacancies that the U.S. courts have officially designated as “judicial emergencies.” A solution depends upon Arizona's Republican U.S. senators, Jon Kyl and John McCain. They are responsible for what the editorial refers to as one of President Obama's nominees who “has been hung up in Congress.” Sens. Kyl and McCain must help identify a nominee for Arizona's other district vacancy and convince their GOP colleagues to allow floor votes on other nominations. These include Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz's 9th Circuit nomination, which they strongly support. As the editorial states, court officials explain that Arizona “needs far more” than the currently authorized 13 district court judgeships. Arizona's senators could also push the Emergency Judicial Relief Act they sponsored which would create more judgeships in Arizona and other border states."

Judge can explain her position on guns (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/06/12)
Glenn Sugameli letter: "John Stites' Tuesday letter, "Judge's Second Amendment stance a problem," erroneously claimed that Nevada District Judge Elissa Cadish's answer to a 2008 questionnaire failed "to grasp a fundamental understanding." Mr. Stites may not like it, but every trial judge must follow the current state of federal law, including binding U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the nature and extent of constitutional rights. In 2008, Judge Cadish accurately described the state of federal law at the time and declared: "Of course, I will enforce the laws as they exist as a judge." Indeed, a subsequent Review-Journal editorial, "For District Court," endorsed her because, "In her knowledge of the law, in her intellectual firepower and judicial demeanor, Elissa Cadish was a superlative appointment who voters can proudly retain." Judge Cadish's recent letter to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid re-affirmed that she will follow current law, including Supreme Court Second Amendment precedents that were decided after the 2008 questionnaire. If U.S. Sen. Dean Heller still has questions about Judge Cadish's federal court nomination, he can allow her a hearing to explain."

Bipartisan effort in works on judicial nominations (Orlando Sentinel [FL] , 03/25/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter: "The Sentinel editorial "Road to compromise" on Wednesday urged Congress to break its latest gridlock by passing the bill that was approved by "a bipartisan majority in the Senate." In another critical area, Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio can build on a bipartisan agreement for belated Senate floor votes by May 7 on 14 consensus judicial nominees. The deal was silent on many others, including nominees who would fill three Florida district-court vacancies and one on the U.S. Court of Appeals that decides Florida cases. Justice delayed is justice denied, especially for people and businesses affected by 35 current vacancies (three in Florida) that courts have declared judicial emergencies. Fortunately, Nelson and Rubio have worked together to fill judicial vacancies, including the Court of Appeals confirmation of Florida U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordán. They can reiterate their strong hearing testimony for Robin Rosenbaum's pending district-court nomination, push for prompt Senate consideration of the other nominees, and identify consensus choices for a current and an announced Florida vacancy."

Allow floor votes  (Amarillo Globe-News [TX], 03/17/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter: "John Kanelis aptly said that “Whoever replaces (Maine U.S. Sen. Olympia) Snowe or her soon-to-depart colleagues could rip the Senate further apart and create an even greater schism among lawmakers. Or the new senators could restore some of the art of the legislating.” Indeed, current senators could begin now to restore legislating in a rare area where agreement was already achieved months ago. Texans would benefit if Senate Republicans agreed to allow floor votes on many judicial nominees whom the highly polarized Judiciary Committee approved unanimously back in 2011. Inexplicably delayed district judge nominees include Gregg J. Costa and David C. Guaderrama, who were jointly recommended by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, both R-Texas, to fill two of 34 court-declared judicial emergency vacancies. Texas federal courts are so overwhelmed and backlogged that immediate bipartisan action is needed in two other areas. First, Cornyn and Hutchison can push for action on their May 2011 bipartisan bill to create new judgeships in Texas and other border states. Second, they should quickly identify consensus nominees for seven other Texas federal trial and appellate court judgeships, six of which are also designated judicial emergencies."

Vote on District Court Nominee Michael Fitzgerald Set for Today (Metropolitan News-Enterprise [CA], 03/15/12)
One attorney advocating in favor of Obama’s nominees said yesterday’s agreement could lead to votes on those choices as well. “By ensuring merits votes on 14 judicial nominees, the deal could and should actually free up the Senate floor time that may be needed to push other nominees…past obstruction to floor votes and confirmation,” Glenn Sugameli told the MetNews. Sugameli is based in Washington, D.C. and works for a coalition of environmental groups.

W.Va. judge, lawyer blocked in Senate (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 03/14/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter: "The Gazette's March 1 editorial "Paralysis: Political tribalism" laments how "Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, a moderate Republican, is quitting Congress in disgust for the political hostility that prevents compromises to help America." Incredibly, gridlock even extends to the rare areas where agreement was achieved months ago. Senate Republicans continue to block Senate floor votes on many judicial nominees whom the highly polarized Judiciary Committee approved unanimously back in 2011. These include two West Virginia women: Gina Groh (Northern District court) and Stephanie Thacker (4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals), who have the strong support of both of the state's senators. West Virginians are among 130 million Americans who live where justice is delayed by judicial vacancies that could be filled by consensus, pending nominees. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has finally said that absent agreement, he will soon file cloture (anti-filibuster) petitions to obtain floor votes on Groh, Thacker and other judicial nominees who were approved by wide margins in committee."

Senate GOP Upset by Harry Reid’s Nominations Tactic (Roll Call, 03/14/12)
Some argue that voting “present” is not a moderate middle ground because cloture requires 60 affirmative votes. “Voting ‘present’ on a cloture motion is the same as voting ‘no,’” said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders Of Wildlife in Washington. “You need 60 ‘yes’ votes to break a filibuster, and it doesn’t matter how many Senators vote ‘present’ or ‘no.’”

Opinion, Letter: Thaw freeze on federal judge nominations (Advocate [Baton Rouge, LA], 03/14/12)
Glenn Sugameli: "The Advocate’s March 7 editorial, “Our Views: “Losing voice of moderation,” aptly describes the cause and effect of Maine’s senior Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s retirement: “When compromise is a dirty word, the complex and sometimes ridiculously difficult rules of the Senate make it extremely difficult to pass legislation.” Bizarrely, unjustifiable obstruction even extends to a rare area where bipartisan agreement was actually achieved months ago: unopposed nominees to fill prolonged judicial vacancies. Despite support from both of her Louisiana home-state senators, Susie Morgan’s U.S. District Court nomination has been frozen since November, when she was unanimously approved by the Judiciary Committee. Unexplained Senate Republican holds continue to block floor votes on Morgan and many other consensus nominees. It is time for U.S. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., to demand floor votes on Morgan and other stalled nominees. They should also promptly identify a nominee for the other local district court vacancy and push to fill two vacant seats on the Louisiana-based 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals."

Senate GOP Upset by Harry Reid's Nominations Tactic (Congressional Quarterly, 03/13/12)
"Sen. Lindsey Graham said he plans to vote “present.” “I think I have a pretty good record on being reasonable on judges; this is an unreasonable approach by the Majority Leader,” the South Carolina Republican said. “I’m voting ‘present.’ “I will wind up voting for most of the judges, if not all of them at some point, but I am not going to [allow] the Minority Leader [to be] run over by the Majority Leader. “I am not against the judges, I am against the process, which will hurt the Senate’s ability to operate in a collegial manner in the future,” Graham added. Some argue that voting “present” is not a moderate middle ground because cloture requires 60 affirmative votes. “Voting ‘present’ on a cloture motion is the same as voting ‘no,’” said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders Of Wildlife in Washington. “You need 60 ‘yes’ votes to break a filibuster, and it doesn’t matter how many Senators vote ‘present’ or ‘no.’”"

Confirmations blocked  (Miami Herald, 03/05/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Florida’s senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson both strongly supported Jordan’s nomination which the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved way back on Oct. 13. After a bizarre silent filibuster, the Senate forced a floor vote in an overwhelming 89-5 cloture vote on Feb. 13. Two days later, the Senate finally confirmed [Adalberto] Jordan. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans continue to block floor votes on 20 judicial nominees, most of whom were approved unanimously in committee."

Law: Arkansas judgeship caught in Republicans' holdup  (Arkansas Times, 02/28/12)
Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife, updates me periodically on progress of federal judicial nominations. Today, he notes a news release from Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy, who complains that a list of consensus choices for federal judgeships are stacking up. In the past, consensus choices have been routinely approved. No longer. Leahy said more than a dozen with approval in committee have not come to a vote in the Senate. They include Kris Baker of Little Rock, nominated by President Obama to an opening in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Judge Adalberto Jordan confirmation stalled (briefly?) (Southern District of Florida Blog, 02/13/12)
David Oscar Markus: "So, here's the absurdity of our judicial confirmation process -- the full Senate voted 89-5 to invoke cloture, meaning that Judge Jordan's nomination to the 11th Circuit would finally come to a vote. But then Senator Nelson said that one Senator is holding up the merits vote by demanding 30 more hours of "debate" post-cloture. Senators Leahy and Boxer both then commented how ridiculous such a request was, but that's the way it is. It looks like we'll have wait another 30 hours for Judge Jordan to move up to the 11th. Silliness in our Congress.... (For lots of discussion, see Glenn Sugameli who is closely covering the process)."

U.S. Magistrate Bencivengo Confirmed as Southern District Judge (Metropolitan News-Enterprise [CA], 02/10/12)
"Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife who monitors judicial nominations for a number of environmental groups, said Lee’s “fellow GOP senators hung him out to dry- it shows that they understandably cannot stomach Sen. Lee’s absurd protest which his hometown papers have ridiculed.” "

DC Fiddles While the 11th Circuit Burns. (South Florida Lawyers, 02/09/12)
"Meanwhile, the interminable gridlock in DC that has caught up this once-in-a-lifetime bipartisan consensus nominee for the 11th Circuit drew special attention from Senator Leahy, as passed on by the always in-the-know Glenn Sugameli: ... Sug reports that finally, on Monday, February 13, 2012: the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #437, the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit"

Judge Jordan to be confirmed Monday? (Southern District of Florida Blog, 02/09/12)
David Oscar Markus: "There's a very good chance of that according to Glenn Sugameli, who has been all over the judicial appointment process."

Collins should re-examine actions (York County Coast Star [ME], 01/26/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter: Sen. Susan Collins’ “frustration that Washington cannot seem to set aside partisan bickering.” Partisan bickering is epitomized by Senate Republicans’ blockages of consensus judicial nominees with bipartisan home-state senator support. The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved 16 blocked nominees, including several to fill court-declared judicial emergency vacancies. ... Halligan was nominated to what is now the ninth seat, one of three vacancies on the 11-judge court. The Senate (with Collins’ and Snowe’s support) confirmed four President Bush D.C. Circuit judges including one to the 11th judgeship. Until the Halligan filibuster, no one claimed the D.C. Circuit should only have eight judges."

Collins and Snowe must set partisan politics aside (Seacoastonline [Southern ME & NH], 01/25/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter: "Sen. Susan Collins’ “frustration that Washington cannot seem to set aside partisan bickering.” Partisan bickering is epitomized by Senate Republicans’ blockages of consensus judicial nominees with bipartisan home-state senator support. The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved 16 blocked nominees, including several to fill court-declared judicial emergency vacancies. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said, “There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed (his state’s nominee) before we got out” in December. Working with Sen. Lee, Sen. Collins and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, could build on their recent efforts that finally confirmed Maine’s first female federal judge, Nancy Torresen. Collins and Snowe also must fill Maine’s First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judgeship. As Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., recently stressed, the Senate needs to fill vacant judgeships “soon. I certainly hope we don’t have to wait until after the election.” Collins should re-examine her stated reason for joining a December partisan filibuster of Caitlin Halligan, Obama’s only D.C. circuit nominee: “That particular seat has been vacant for six years and the work load has declined during that period of time.” Workload depends on how many judges a court currently has, not which “particular seat” (judge) a nominee would replace. Halligan was nominated to what is now the ninth seat, one of three vacancies on the 11-judge court. The Senate (with Collins’ and Snowe’s support) confirmed four President Bush D.C. circuit judges including one to the 11th judgeship. Until the Halligan filibuster, no one claimed the D.C. circuit should only have eight judges."

Senators Must Work To Fix Unprecedented Lack of Judges  (United States Senators blog, 01/24/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor in the Ledger [FL]

Letter: Senators Must Work To Fix Unprecedented Lack of Judges (Ledger [Lakeland, FL], 01/24/12)
Glenn Sugameli: "GOP objections aren't based on the quality of Obama's nominees." The Ledger's description of obstructed executive nominees applies even more so to judicial nominees who are strongly supported by their Republican senators, regarding the editorial "Recess Appointments: Don't Stall President's Nominees" [Jan. 16]. As the Senate left until late January, Senate Republicans continued to block floor votes on consensus judicial nominees. Both home-state senators support each nominee. As Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said: "There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have confirmed [his state's nominee] him before we got out." The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved 16 of the delayed nominees. These include Florida federal district court Judge Adalberto Jordan, who would fill one of two 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacancies the courts have declared judicial emergencies. Florida's senators also must soon follow through on their pledge to jointly propose candidates to fill five Florida district court vacancies (three current, including two emergencies, and two future). For example, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., recently stressed the "need" to fill his state's six vacant judgeships: "soon. I certainly hope we don't have to wait until after the election." Nonpartisan calls from Florida federal judges, Supreme Court justices and the American and Federal Bar Associations to fill empty seats confirm the problem. An unprecedented lack of judges means that justice delayed continues to be justice denied. Florida senators Marco Rubio [R] and Bill Nelson [D] should work with Sen. Lee to ensure floor votes for Judge Jordan and other committee-approved judicial nominees, while heeding Sen. Toomey's call to identify nominees and fill vacancies soon.

Judicial vacancies need to be filled (Las Vegas Sun, 01/17/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "The Sun editorial’s conclusion that “Republican opposition isn’t based on the quality of the nominees or their experience,” applies to President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees as well as his four executive branch recess appointees. Senate Republicans blocked in late December floor votes on every pending judicial nominee. All 19 are backed by both of their home-state senators, including Nevada’s Miranda Du, who is also supported by Republican governor (and former federal judge) Brian Sandoval, as well as the Republican lieutenant governor and mayor of Reno. Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee said, “There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed (his state’s nominee) before we got out.” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., stressed the “need” to fill his state’s judgeships “soon. I certainly hope we don’t have to wait until after the election.” Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller should join Sens. Lee, Toomey, and others to solve the judicial vacancy crisis by filling judgeships, including court-declared judicial emergencies on the appeals court that includes Nevada."

Judicial vacancies need to be filled  (United States Senators blog, 01/17/12)
Glenn Sugameli's Las Vegas Sun Letter to the Editor

McCaskill, Blunt should help get judicial nominees Senate votes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch [MO], 01/15/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Senate Republicans repeatedly blocked consensus judicial nominees long before President Barack Obama's executive branch appointments that the editorial discussed. Justice delayed is justice denied, as obstruction has resulted in unprecedented federal judicial vacancies. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, however, support Missouri judicial nominees Mary Phillips and Brian Wimes, who are among 19 awaiting floor votes. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said about his state's nominee: "There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have confirmed him before we got out." Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., stressed the need to fill his state's judicial vacancies: "We need people in these seats soon. I certainly hope we don't have to wait until after the election." These recent statements from very conservative Republican senators suggest that Mr. Blunt and Ms. McCaskill could work with Mr. Lee, Mr. Toomey and others to ensure floor votes for committee-approved judicial nominees."

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Sudbury [MA] Town Crier, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Country Gazette [Bellingham, MA], 01/12/12)
Letter to the editor, GLENN SUGAMELI, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Holliston [MA] Tab, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Hudson [MA] Sun, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Northborough-Southborough [MA] Villager, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Natick [MA] Bulletin & Tab, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Hopkinton [MA] Crier, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Weston [MA] Town Crier, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Marlborough [MA] Enterprise, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Westborough [MA] News, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Wayland [MA] Town Crier, 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Ashland TAB [MA], 01/12/12)
Letter to the Editor, GLENN SUGAMELI, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Shrewsbury [MA] Chronicle , 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (Milford Daily News [MA], 01/12/12)
Letter to the Editor, GLENN SUGAMELI, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife

Sugameli: Filibusters leave courts short-handed (MetroWest Daily News [MA], 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli: "An unprecedented federal judicial vacancy crisis means justice delayed is justice denied. Unnamed Republican senators’ unexplained objections have denied floor votes to 19 pending judicial nominees. All are supported by both home-state senators, and almost all were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said about his state’s nominee: “There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed him before we got out.” In December, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) disingenuously or ignorantly claimed that he joined a partisan filibuster of Caitlin Halligan, President Obama’s only D.C. Circuit nominee, because “the D.C. Circuit has a comparatively small caseload.” Halligan, however, was nominated to fill the ninth seat, one of three vacancies on the 11 judge court. The Senate confirmed four President Bush D.C. Circuit nominees including Thomas Griffith to be the 11th D.C. Circuit judge. Until the Halligan filibuster, no one claimed the DC Circuit should only have eight judges."

Judge vacancies delay justice (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 01/09/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Regardless of one's views on the opinion by Jim Lees ("Newt the panderer," Dec. 22) and the editorial ("Eye of Newt: Gingrich absurdity, Dec. 18) condemning attacks on judges, everyone should agree that federal courts suffer from a separate problem: a prolonged vacancy crisis. Senate Republicans' unexplained and unjustifiable objections repeatedly have prevented floor votes on consensus judicial nominees to fill judicial emergencies and other protracted vacancies. West Virginia's district court nominee Gina Groh and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Stephanie Thacker are among many blocked until at least late January, despite unanimous Judiciary Committee approval and support from their home-state U.S. senators. Despite nonpartisan calls from Supreme Court justices, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and others to fill empty seats, lack of judges means that justice delayed continues to be justice denied."

LETTER: GOP obstruction  (Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/03/12)
Glenn Sugameli: "Unexplained and unjustifiable objections by unnamed Senate Republicans repeatedly have blocked floor votes on consensus judicial nominees with home-state senator support. Sixteen of these were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee, including Florida’s federal district court Judge Adalberto Jordán, whose 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nomination would fill a vacancy the courts have decided is a judicial emergency. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said of his state’s nominee: “There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed him before we got out.” Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) should work with Sen. Lee to ensure floor votes for Judge Jordán and other committee-approved judicial nominees."

LETTER: GOP obstruction (Destin Log [FL], 01/03/12)
Glenn Sugameli: "Florida’s federal district court Judge Adalberto Jordán, whose 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nomination would fill a vacancy the courts have decided is a judicial emergency. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said of his state’s nominee: “There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed him before we got out.” Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) should work with Sen. Lee to ensure floor votes for Judge Jordán and other committee-approved judicial nominees."

Judicial gridlock (Houston Chronicle, 01/01/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter: " there is one major area where the answer to whether Texas has been helped or hurt does not depend on whether you're talking to a Republican or a Democrat. Everyone should agree that Senate gridlock is harming federal courts nationwide. Justice delayed is justice denied, as obstruction has resulted in unprecedented federal judicial vacancies. Gridlock has also frozen the Texas senators' bipartisan bill to create new federal judgeships in border states. Unexplained and unjustifiable objections by unnamed Senate Republicans repeatedly have blocked votes on consensus judicial nominees with home-state senator support. Sixteen of these were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee, including Gregg Costa and David Guaderrama, who would fill Texas vacancies the U.S. courts have decided are judicial emergencies. After the Senate left until January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said about his state's nominee: "There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have confirmed him before we got out." Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison should work with Lee to ensure floor votes for Costa, Guaderrama and other committee-approved judicial nominees."

Federal courts: Judicial nominees need floor votes  (Herald [WA] , 01/01/12)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Unexplained and unjustifiable objections by unnamed Senate Republicans repeatedly have blocked floor votes on consensus judicial nominees with home-state senator support. Sixteen of these were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee, including Thomas Rice for a Washington state federal district court and Jacqueline Nguyen, who would fill a judicial emergency on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Washington state. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said about his state's nominee "There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have confirmed him before we got out." Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell should work with Sen. Lee and others to ensure that committee-approved judicial nominees receive floor votes."

Approve judicial nominees (Deseret News [UT] , 12/30/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "everyone should agree that the Senate is already harming federal courts in Utah and nationwide. Justice delayed is justice denied as obstruction has resulted in an unprecedented lack of federal judges. Unexplained and unjustifiable objections by unnamed Senate Republicans repeatedly have blocked floor votes on consensus judicial nominees with home-state senator support. Sixteen of these were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee, including David Nuffer, who would fill a Utah vacancy the U.S. Courts have decided is a judicial emergency. After the Senate left until late January, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said, "There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have confirmed him (Nuffer) before we got out." Only Utah has two senators on the Judiciary Committee: Sen. Lee and Sen. Orrin Hatch. They could ensure floor votes for Nuffer and other committee-approved judicial nominees."

Glenn Sugameli: Ron Johnson still blocking OK for judges  (Capital Times (WI), 12/30/11)
Letter: "everyone should agree that lack of federal judges means that justice delayed continues to be justice denied. First, as described in my Aug. 10 letter, it is still true that Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson is the “only freshman GOP senator blocking own state’s judicial nominees.” Indeed, with the support of other freshmen Republican senators from five states, the Senate has confirmed all 10 of the other nominees for judgeships that President Obama re-submitted after the senators were elected. In contrast, despite nonpartisan and bipartisan criticism, Johnson blocked Senate hearings for Victoria Nourse (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) and Louis Butler (Western District of Wisconsin), and forced the nominations to be returned to the president. Second, unnamed Republican senators’ unexplained and unjustifiable objections repeatedly have prevented floor votes on consensus judicial nominees, including many who were approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee. As a result, the federal judgeship vacancy rate unacceptably remains stuck at about 10 percent, despite calls to fill empty seats from Supreme Court justices, the American Bar Association and others."

Glenn Sugameli: Ron Johnson still blocking OK for judges (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/30/11)
Letter to the Editor

Put judges on bench  (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 12/30/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "unexplained Republican objections repeatedly have blocked many consensus judicial nominees. Utah GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee both serve on the Judiciary Committee. Inexplicably, they have been unable or unwilling to convince their Republican colleagues to allow floor votes for Nuffer and many others whom the committee approved unanimously. Instead, Rogers’ article quotes Lee’s ineffectual disappointment: “I am frustrated, particularly with regard to Judge Nuffer. He came out of committee two months ago. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have confirmed him before we got out. I expected he would be confirmed.” This obstruction must end; Utah’s senators can and should ensure that Nuffer and other committee-approved judicial nominees receive floor votes."

Groh, Thacker nominations could see vote in February  (West Virginia Record, 12/23/11)
Glenn Sugameli, who has headed the Judging the Environment project on judicial nominations since 2001, called it a "decades-old tradition" by Senate Republicans. "Outrageous, blanket holds (filibuster threats) by Senate Republicans continue to deny floor votes to every one of 21 pending judicial nominees, nearly all of whom the Judiciary Committee approved unanimously or with token opposition," he said in a statement last week. "Senate Republican roadblocks have prevented votes on every nominee to the federal bench for more than another month, regardless of need, strong home-state Republican Senator support and qualifications." Judicial vacancies have soared to 100, including 29 that the U.S. courts have declared to be "judicial emergencies," Sugameli said. "Urgent health, safety, environmental and other cases require filling judicial vacancies now, as recognized by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and countless editorials boards and commentators from across the nation," he said.

Hatch's 'present' the same as 'no' (Standard-Examiner [Ogden, UT], 12/22/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "First, Halligan's arguments in litigation represented her client, the New York Attorney General, rather than her personal views, as recognized by prominent bipartisan supporters of her D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nomination. Second, the only Republican senator "notable exception" who did not block Halligan was Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who consistently opposes filibusters of judicial nominees. Sen. Orrin Hatch has insisted that "the Constitution requires" an up-or-down vote on "every judicial nominee who reaches the Senate Floor." However, because 60 "Yes" votes are needed to end a filibuster, Hatch's "Present" vote had the same effect as a "No" vote. The real question is why Utah's senators have failed to obtain a Floor vote for David Nuffer's nomination to fill an emergency Utah federal district court vacancy. In July, Sen. Mike Lee was "thrilled" by the nomination and hoped Nuffer would "be able to start his judgeship later this fall.""

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat  (NorthIowaToday.com, 12/16/11)
Los Angeles Times article quoting Glenn Sugameli, an attorney and judicial analyst for Defenders of Wildlife.

Urging vote on judge nominees (Omaha World-Herald [NE] , 10/23/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter: "An Oct. 19 editorial aptly concluded that the U.S. Senate "needs to end the backlog on federal judicial appointments" and approve Nebraska Supreme Court Judge John Gerrard's nomination as a U.S. district judge "so he can take his position in a timely fashion." Indeed, a letter by the president of the American Bar Association to Senate leaders stressed that the federal bench vacancy rate continues to hover around 10 percent — right where it has been for the past 24 months. As the editorial noted, Gerrard has the strong endorsement of both of Nebraska's U.S. senators, Republican Mike Johanns and Democrat Ben Nelson. They could urge the Senate, as the ABA letter urged, to allow votes this month on Gerrard and more than 20 other nominees who were advanced from the Judiciary Committee by bipartisan voice vote."

One Pennsylvania judicial nominee to reach Senate floor Monday - but it's not Mariani (Times Leader [PA] , 10/14/11)
“The continuing Senate Republican refusals to allow a floor vote on Mariani is a prime example of mindless partisan obstruction: he will fill an emergency vacancy, has strong bipartisan support from his home-state senators, was approved in July without dissent in the Judiciary Committee, and that he was originally nominated last year,” said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington and head of the Judging the Environment project, which works with progressive groups on federal judicial selection issues.

Judge Jordan’s nomination delayed and will join dozens awaiting Senate Floor votes  (Southern District of Florida Blog, 10/07/11)
GUEST POST BY GLENN SUGAMELI: "the fact that Judge Jordan is moving through Committee does NOT mean that he will get a Floor vote anytime soon. True, he has (bipartisan) home state senator support and should be approved without opposition in Committee. But that is also true of nearly all of the many other stalled nominees. Anonymous and unexplained objections from GOP senators have created an unprecedented backlog of consensus judicial nominees who could and should be approved very quickly. . . . Even the most consensus district court nominees are only confirmed after inexcusable and unexplained delays. . . . There were 27 Committee approved judicial nominees awaiting Floor votes before the Senate belatedly confirmed Jolivette-Brown and five others unanimously. When the Committee approves Judge Jordan and the other delayed nominees next week, there will once again be 27 awaiting Floor votes."

Jonathan Riskind: Maine needs action on judgeship (Portland Press Herald [ME] , 10/02/11)
Torresen's nomination getting to the Senate floor is a "good sign and is an example of home state senators pushing for action," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington and head of the Judging the Environment project, which works with progressive groups on federal judicial selection issues. "But it is still absurd, the way these things are inching through."

"Absurd' delay in Senate on judicial nominations (Kennebec Journal [ME] , 10/02/11)
“Torresen's nomination getting to the Senate floor is a "good sign and is an example of home state senators pushing for action," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington and head of the Judging the Environment project, which works with progressive groups on federal judicial selection issues. "But it is still absurd, the way these things are inching through."”

Votes scheduled on judicial nominees (Arkansas News, 09/28/11)
"Glenn Sugameli, who follows federal judicial nominations for Judging the Environment, sends word that some of the U.S. Senate logjam on judicial confirmations has been broken and that this should be good news for Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado, who’s been recommended for confirmation to a judgeship in the western district of Arkansas...

Senate confirms four U.S. attorneys for Texas districts (Houston Chronicle, 09/28/11)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments with the left-leaning Defenders of Wildlife, said the U.S. attorneys confirmations for Texasare “good news, but this still unjustifiably leaves in limbo the majority of judiciary nominees who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Senate confirms four U.S. attorneys for Texas. (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 09/27/11)
"Texas has six vacant judgeships, including one in San Antonio, where congressional Democrats are pushing state district Judge Karen Pozza, and Republican senators favor lawyer Robert Valdez. Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial appointments with the left-leaning Defenders of Wildlife, said the U.S. attorneys' confirmations for Texas are “good news, but this still unjustifiably leaves in limbo the majority of judiciary nominees who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Green nomination stuck in Senate (Daily Record [NY], 09/27/11)
Twenty-seven nominations, including Green’s, have been approved by the Judiciary Committee and forwarded to the Senate for a vote, according to Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife’s Judging the Environment project, which tracks federal judicial nominations....That unjustifiably leaves 17 judicial nominations in limbo, Sugameli said, noting he has no idea why Green’s is not included with those coming up for votes, but believes Senate Republicans are holding up the nomination process. “This pace has been very slow since they came back from the August recess,” Sugameli said. “The only real reason for this process, I’m convinced, is that they’re just trying to clog up the pipeline so there will be a lot of vacancies to be filled after the next presidential election.” ... “I can say the only reason they aren’t having votes on all the nominees that cleared committee is that one or more Republicans, anonymously, is objecting to having floor votes at this time,” Sugameli said. He said what is unusual is that many of the nominations were unanimously confirmed by “a very polarized committee” and are still not coming to a vote, which he said has never happened before — at least in the 10 years his project has been around. Sugameli said Green’s nomination was approved by voice vote with Sen. Michael S. Lee, R-Utah, the only one opposed. He said others who had more opposition or came out of committee after Green have been moved ahead of him. “It’s really bizarre,” Sugameli said. “I know there was some initial buzz about why he wasn’t moving, but once he moved, it stopped. If there was any issue at all, I’m convinced there would have been a bunch of ‘no’ votes [in committee]. I think it’s pretty safe to say nothing will happen on Green and the others until at least Oct. 11.”

Senate Cuts Deal to Vote on 10 of 27 Pending Judicial Nominees (American Constitution Society Blog, 09/27/11)
Glenn Sugameli, who leads the Defenders of Wildlife’s Judging the Environment project, praised the “partial break in the deep freeze on U.S. Senate confirmations of judicial nominees,” but lamented that the deal “unjustifiably leaves in limbo 17 judicial nominees awaiting votes, most of those who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.” “Senate Republican obstruction needlessly continues to prolong the judicial vacancy crisis by preventing votes, regardless of need, qualifications and bipartisan home-state Senator support,” Sugameli said in a statement.

Letter, 9/25: Senators could help confirm judge (Lincoln Journal Star [NE], 09/25/11)
Glenn Sugameli: "The Lincoln Journal Star's editorial in December correctly foresaw that "the 12-month retirement notice given by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Omaha ought to allow adequate time for a replacement to be named. But Washington is so dysfunctional that a full year may not be enough." Nebraska Supreme Court Justice John Gerrard was nominated to replace Kopf. Gerrard enjoyed bipartisan support at his Sept. 20 hearing and should be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee without dissent. Then, however, he will join the backlog of more than two dozen consensus judicial nominees awaiting long-delayed votes by the full Senate. At Gerrard's hearing, Sen. Ben Nelson hoped "the full Senate will have the opportunity to swiftly approve this good man." Sen. Mike Johanns pledged that "I will do everything I possibly can to try to bring this nomination to a vote." Thus, Nebraska's senators seem poised to exert the strong bipartisan home-state senator pressure that has broken the deep-freeze on floor votes to confirm other federal judges."

Rep. Lummis Lashes Out at Environmental Lawsuits (New West, 08/25/11)
In turn, the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife released a statement that said, “We only recover those costs when we prevail in court, meaning a judge agrees that the law has been violated. Without the ability to recover those costs, the American people would lose their ability to challenge the federal government when it violates the law and fails to fulfill its duties.”

Vacant federal judge slots criticized  (Longview News Journal [TX] , 08/05/11)
Quotes Glenn Sugameli on obstruction of nominees and judicial vacancy crisis

Democrats say GOP senators blocked a vote on Texas judge, 19 others (Houston Chronicle, 08/05/11)
Republican obstruction is perpetuating the judicial crisis “by preventing votes on many nominees to the federal bench, regardless of need, bipartisan support and qualifications,” said Glenn Sugameli, founder of Defenders of Wildlife’s “Judging the Environment” project, which tracks judicial issues.

Tests loom for openly gay federal judge (Gazette [Cedar Rapids, IA], 08/04/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "The July 25 editorial “Homers: What’s going right: Judicial First” explained that: “J. Paul Oetken, a graduate of Cedar Rapids Regis High School and the University of Iowa, was confirmed to a federal judgeship by the U.S. Senate. His achievement drew extra recognition because he is the first openly gay man to be confirmed to the federal bench.” The real tests, however, loom. Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, including ranking member Chuck Grassley, will not say why they are blocking a hearing for Ed DuMont, whose April 2010 nomination was the first of an openly gay person to a U.S. appeals court. Meanwhile, a judicial vacancy crisis has been deepened by unexplained GOP refusals to allow floor votes on 25 nominees, nearly all of whom were unopposed in committee."

ONE OPENING FILLED, OTHER MAY BE CREATED: Williams confirmed, Jordan nominated  (Daily Business Review [FL], 08/04/11)
Some civic groups are outraged that some Republican senators are still blocking 20 nominees with bipartisan support. "There are many important cases that are being delayed because vacancies are not being filled," said Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment, which monitors federal judicial nominations. "It affects businesses, it affects ordinary people, it's a real judicial vacancy crisis."

Senate recess leaves judicial nominees hanging  (Daily Record [NY], 08/04/11)
"Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment's federal judicial nominations project, also blames unnamed Republicans for blocking floor votes on the nominees. It's deja vu all over again, he said in an issued statement, noting the American Bar Association wrote Senate leaders July 28, urging up-or-down votes on all unopposed nominees. Instead, Senate Republican obstruction perpetuates the judicial vacancy crisis by preventing votes on many nominees to the federal bench, regardless of need, bi-partisan support and qualifications, he said. Urgent health, safety, environmental and other cases require that judicial vacancies be filled now, as recognized by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and ... countless editorials boards and commentators from across the nation."

Leahy Accuses GOP Senators of Delaying Judicial Confirmations  (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 08/03/11)
Also critical was Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment. “The American Bar Association President’s July 28, 2011 letter to Senate Leaders urged up-or-down votes on all unopposed nominees before the Senate left town until after Labor Day,” Sugameli said in a statement. “Instead, Senate Republican obstruction perpetuates the judicial vacancy crisis by preventing votes on many nominees to the federal bench, regardless of need, bi-partisan support, and qualifications.”

Leahy Accuses GOP Senators of Delaying Judicial Confirmations (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 08/03/11)
Also critical was Glenn Sugameli of Judging the Environment. “The American Bar Association President’s July 28, 2011 letter to Senate Leaders urged up-or-down votes on all unopposed nominees before the Senate left town until after Labor Day,” Sugameli said in a statement. “Instead, Senate Republican obstruction perpetuates the judicial vacancy crisis by preventing votes on many nominees to the federal bench, regardless of need, bi-partisan support, and qualifications.”

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Higginson and Triche-Milazzo judicial nominations (Times-Picayune [LA] , 07/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli, who runs the "Judging the Environment" project for Defenders of Wildlife, which monitors the judicial confirmation process, said in the current environment, Vitter could play a critical role. "Strong home-state senator pressure for floor votes could make the difference in whether these nominees avoid the limbo to which Louisiana's Jolivette-Brown and other consensus judicial nominees have been consigned by anonymous GOP holds," Sugameli said.

Texas crisis complex (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 07/09/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter To the Editor: "Martin's invaluable column contains one mistake; Texas' two senators do not “have a constitutional right to block presidential nominees in the Senate.” Ironically, Sen. John Cornyn insisted that the Senate must “provide the up-or-down vote the U.S. Constitution demands” on judicial nominees even though he later voted to filibuster President Obama's appellate and district court nominees. In context, Martin's description of the “six remaining judicial vacancies” and the accompanying Express-News editorial asking for a swifter move to confirm Obama nominees and fill two seats that lack nominations, were entirely appropriate. The Texas “justice delayed is justice denied” crisis, however, is broader. As Martin previously reported, Cornyn and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison recently co-sponsored a bill to create more judgeships in the Texas border area."

Grassley wants more discussion on Green (Daily Review [NY], 06/09/11)
“It is extremely unusual for a district court nominee with home-state-senator support like Green to be held up in committee,” said Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment, who has headed its federal judicial nominations project since 2001. “It would be very unusual for a district court nominee like Mike Green, who is supported by both home-state senators to be delayed beyond the next Senate Judiciary meeting, which is what Sen. Grassley seemed to be suggesting this morning.” Sugameli said GOP senators have been holding over every Obama judicial nominee once until the committee’s subsequent executive business meeting, which, “as Sen. Leahy says, is their right, but which Democratic senators did not do to President George W. Bush’s non-controversial judicial nominees.”

Props & Disses 6.01.2011: Lummis, Barrasso seek to inure feds from lawsuits - DISS (Jackson Hole Weekly [WY] , 06/01/11)
Mike Senatore, Vice President of Conservation for Defenders of Wildlife: “The Lummis-Barrasso bill is a clear attempt to silence those citizens, small businesses and nonprofit organizations that don’t have the financial resources to take action on their own . . . And by specifically targeting environmental groups, the members of Congress who support this bill have shown their complete disregard for protecting America’s wildlife heritage and natural resources for future generations.”

Letter: Cornyn has flip-flopped (Amarillo Globe-News [TX], 05/15/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Texas GOP U.S. Sen. John Cornyn almost single-handedly pushed to filibuster a President Obama nominee with bipartisan support to fill a Rhode Island U.S. trial court seat. Cornyn's position directly violated his 2004 insistence that "the U.S. Constitution demands" up-or-down votes on judges. In contrast, 11 Republicans voted to end the filibuster. Strangely, Cornyn denied the Amarillo Globe-News' editorial description of how this threatened filibuster constituted a flip-flop. Cornyn's explanation rejects Original Intent and agrees with those who say the Constitution should be interpreted in light of modern health care and other situations the Founders did not foresee. "I argued then, and still believe today, that filibusters of judicial nominees are not what the Founders intended. Yet, the Founders did not foresee the systematic partisan obstruction of judges nominated by our former president." But does Sen. Cornyn seriously believe he can deny a "vote the U.S. Constitution demands" because of recent actions by "a minority of senators"? Cornyn's filibuster also violated the "precedent" he relied on. The filibusters Sen. Cornyn cited were limited to some of President George W. Bush's appeals court nominees, all of whom lacked any bipartisan support in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In voting to end Cornyn's filibuster, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander explained that a Senate filibuster has never blocked confirmation of a nominee for 677 district court seats. Indeed, trial-level decisions do not even bind other judges."

Senate Vote Cleared for Embattled Nominee  (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 05/06/11)
Regarding the scheduling of Senate action on Chen’s nomination, Glenn Sugameli of Defenders of Wildlife said, “This is important but not particularly surprising; the 63-33 cloture vote on Jack McConnell forestalled a widely anticipated filibuster against Edward Chen’s long-delayed nomination to the Northern District of California.” Sugameli, an attorney, has headed the environmental community’s Judging the Environment project.

Snowe, Collins lauded for judicial nomination stances (Portland Press Herald [ME] , 05/05/11)
Still, the Maine senators’ decision to vote against their GOP leadership’s attempted filibuster “exemplified consistency and integrity,” says Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with the Washington-based Defenders of Wildlife’s Judging the Environment project on judicial nominations. Their vote to end the filibuster is an example of helping prevent the stalling of Obama judicial nominees, even if Collins and Snowe were opposed to the nomination, Sugameli says.

SENATE GOP FILIBUSTER OF JUDICIAL NOMINEE FAILS.. (Washington Monthly, 05/04/11)
"Thanks to Glenn Sugameli at Judging the Environment, my go-to expert on judicial nominees and confirmations, for the background info and links."

Who's Cornyn kidding? (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 04/27/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Your Turn: "Sen. John Cornyn's letter bizarrely denied the Express-News Editorial Board statement that he flip-flopped by threatening to filibuster a federal trial court nominee. “I argued then,” he said, “and still believe today, that filibusters of judicial nominees are not what the Founders intended. Yet, the Founders did not foresee the systematic partisan obstruction of judges nominated by our former president.” But Cornyn insisted in a 2004 floor speech that the Senate “provide the up-or-down vote the U.S. Constitution demands.” He did not refer to what “the Founders intended the U.S. Constitution to demand.” Does Cornyn really believe “a minority of senators” can create a “precedent” that would deny a “vote the U.S. Constitution demands”? Also, in two major respects, Cornyn's threatened filibuster violates the “precedent” he relies on of filibusters against some of President George W. Bush's appeals court nominations. First, Cornyn would extend filibusters to nominees for 677 district court seats, whose trial-level decisions do not bind other judges. Second, he would filibuster a nomination with bipartisan support in the Judiciary Committee, where a Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted three times for the nominee to fill a Rhode Island federal judgeship."

Judgeship logjam (Kansas City Star, 04/25/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "The federal judicial vacancy crisis has worsened as empty judgeships have almost doubled since President Barack Obama took office. In 2009, 10 Republican senators joined Democrats in voting to end the filibuster of Obama’s first appeals court nominee. Since then, Republican filibuster threats have even held up many nominees to trial-level district courts, whose decisions do not bind other judges. Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he may filibuster a district nominee who has bipartisan support both in his home-state of Rhode Island and in the Judiciary Committee, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has voted for him three times. Soon, the Senate will decide whether or not to allow yes-or-no votes on committee-approved nominees for empty judgeship."

JUDICIAL OPENINGS: Senate filibusters could create a crisis (Idaho Statesman, 04/22/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "“Federal judge, 103, still hearing cases in Kansas” (April 10) explained how U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown’s “service also epitomizes how the federal court system keeps working even as litigation steadily increases, new judgeships remain rare, and judicial openings go unfilled for months or years.” Indeed, an Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts spokesman said, “Senior judges keep the federal court system afloat given the rising caseloads.” In 2005, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and then-Sen. Larry Craig “continue(d) to stress that the Constitution requires the Senate to hold up-or-down votes on all nominees.” Recently, however, threatened filibusters by some Senate Republicans have created a crisis by blocking up-or-down votes to fill judicial vacancies. Indeed, empty judgeships have almost doubled since President Obama took office. Soon, senators will vote on filibusters with unprecedented reach. One targeted nominee has bipartisan support both in his home state of Rhode Island and in the Judiciary Committee, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) voted for him three times. This and other filibusters would even extend to nominees for 677 trial level district court seats, whose decisions do not control other judges."

Judicial nominees (Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], 04/09/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "'Advice and consent' means voting, not obstructing" (See: Editorial, Tuesday) aptly focused on Texas Sen. John Cornyn's statement that he might support a filibuster of a trial court nominee despite Cornyn's prior insistence that "the U.S. Constitution demands" up-or-down votes on nominees. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison also stated repeatedly on the Senate floor that requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster against a judicial nominee would be "changing the Constitution." So far, the actions by Cornyn and Hutchison have been consistent with their words; they have never voted against ending a filibuster of a judicial nominee. Now, will either senator violate what they have insisted the Constitution requires by blocking an up-or-down vote on whether to confirm a lower-court judge?

Senate must allow votes on judicial nominees (Richmond Times-Dispatch [VA], 03/29/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "In their recent Commentary column "It's time to make tough choices," Sens. Mark R. Warner and Saxby Chambliss explained how they "have been working in a bipartisan partnership to" deal with deficits and the debt. In another area that cries out for bipartisan action, Warner and Chambliss could also convince their colleagues to heed bipartisan calls to solve the judicial vacancy crisis. During Barack Obama's presidency, federal judicial vacancies have almost doubled to 95, including 42 judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. Courts. Last year, Chambliss wrote: "I continue to believe that the Senate should act without undue delay in the prompt consideration of judicial nominees." Meanwhile, Warner coordinated speeches from many senators on the need to allow up or down floor votes on nominees for empty judgeships. Justice delayed is justice denied, as vacancies increasingly create logjams. Based upon their records, Warner and Chambliss could make a difference."

ON JUDGES, 'PROGRESS' IS RELATIVE.... (Washington Monthly, 03/18/11)
"* Update: A special thanks to Glenn Sugameli at Judging the Environment, my go-to expert on judicial nominees and confirmations, for helping me with some of the background info I needed for this post."

Time to resolve judicial vacancies  (Telegraph [Nashua, NH], 03/09/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Justice delayed is truly justice denied. People are facing massive court backlogs, as reflected in the fact that the U.S. courts have declared 47 vacancies to be emergencies. The bipartisan U.S. Senate delegation from New Hampshire could make a major difference in responding to nonpartisan calls to solve the judicial vacancy crisis."

Brookings Forum: BREAKING THE JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS AND CONFIRMATIONS LOGJAM (Brookings, 02/28/11)
Lengthy exchange between Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli and panel member Manus Cooney at Forum transcript pp. 24-27

Sugameli: Filling vacant judgeships (Milford Daily News [MA], 02/16/11)
Letter: Your editorial, "Judge shortage" (Feb. 15), pointed out that "on the federal bench, there are 101 vacancies, nearly double the number when Obama took office." Justice delayed is truly justice denied, as people increasingly face massive court backlogs. Indeed, the U.S. Courts determined 44 current vacancies to be emergencies, and there are widespread nonpartisan calls to solve the judicial vacancy crisis. Sen. Scott Brown recently joined with Sen. John Kerry in confirming Denise Casper to the federal district court for Massachusetts, and in approving a ban on unexplained secret holds that blocked many nominees. Together, the Massachusetts' bipartisan U.S. Senate delegation could help ensure that nominees to fill judgeships receive timely Floor votes." GLENN SUGAMELI, Staff attorney, Judging the Environment

Sugameli: Filling vacant judgeships (MetroWest Daily News [MA], 02/16/11)
"Justice delayed is truly justice denied, as people increasingly face massive court backlogs. Indeed, the U.S. Courts determined 44 current vacancies to be emergencies, and there are widespread nonpartisan calls to solve the judicial vacancy crisis. Sen. Scott Brown recently joined with Sen. John Kerry in confirming Denise Casper to the federal district court for Massachusetts, and in approving a ban on unexplained secret holds that blocked many nominees. Together, the Massachusetts' bipartisan U.S. Senate delegation could help ensure that nominees to fill judgeships receive timely Floor votes." Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

SENATE: Enviro groups urge action on judicial confirmations  (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 02/15/11)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife, said filling judicial vacancies is important to environmental groups because "people and endangered wildlife suffer and die when corporations illegally continue to pollute and destroy the environment for years because of the massive court backlogs caused by empty judgeships."

Grassley's action to be put to the test (Dubuque Telegraph Herald [IA], 02/08/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: Last year, secret holds denied floor votes to 19 judicial nominees who were approved by the Judiciary Committee (14 with Grassley's support). Now, as the committee's new ranking Republican, Grassley will help determine whether the secret hold change makes a difference. An early test will be bipartisan calls to reduce massive federal court delays caused by more than 100 judicial vacancies, including 49 court-designated judicial emergencies. Much could depend on what Grassley meant when he recently said that he wants to move "consensus nominees" after "a thorough review.

A test of the Senate (Times Record [ME], 02/08/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "partisan obstruction reduced confirmations of President Obama’s trial and appeals court judges to 60. In contrast, a Democratic Senate confirmed 100 in President George W. Bush’s first two years. Last year, floor votes were even denied to 16 judicial nominees whom the Judiciary Committee had approved on unanimous or bipartisan votes. Court cases face massive delays as federal judicial vacancies have soared to more than 100, including 49 judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. Courts. Bipartisan calls to solve the judicial vacancy crisis pose a clear test of whether the Senate can still function."

Confirm new judges (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 01/21/11)
"In the Judiciary Committee, Cornyn supported 15 of 18 Obama administration nominees, and Texas' senior senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, took issue with the Senate's rule that nominees are being held to a standard of requiring 60 votes instead of 51. “That is changing the Constitution of the United States,” she said. In spite of what Cornyn said, political wrangling did deny floor votes to Saldaña and 18 other nominees who were supported by both of their home state senators and approved by the Judiciary Committee. ... A solution could emerge if Cornyn and Hutchison insist on prompt floor votes on Saldaña and other nominees to fill judgeships." Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

Tenn. senators could help reduce huge court backlogs (Daily Herald [Columbia, TN], 01/20/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "Those denied floor votes included 16 who had bipartisan support in the Judiciary Committee and 13 who would have filled judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. Courts. Tennessee’s Republican senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker supported home-state nominee Jane Branstetter Stranch’s confirmation to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in September 2010. Indeed, Sen. Alexander previously urged that a long-delayed vote be held on Stranch, explaining that “It has long been my position … that a president’s judicial nominees deserve an up-or-down vote.” Both senators could help reduce massive court backlogs by insisting that the Senate schedule prompt floor votes on committee-approved judicial nominees."

Vote On Nomination Gets Closer‎ (Times Record [Fort Smith, AR], 01/18/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "Among the "unopposed but unconfirmed nominees is former Western District U.S. Attorney P.K. Holmes," whom the Judiciary Committee endorsed unanimously to fill a judgeship that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has declared a "judicial emergency vacancy." The Times Record's editorial discussed Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's success in reaching across the aisle "to end filibustering on several Bush nominees." Now, Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman can help ensure the Senate will schedule votes to fill the 45 emergencies and nearly 100 total judicial vacancies nationwide. Indeed, even before Boozman was sworn in, his spokeswoman recognized that "The confirmation of P.K. Holmes is important to helping with the heavy caseload in the state,""

Coburn's promise (Tulsa World [OK], 01/17/11)
"Unfortunately, even if consensus federal judicial nominees emerge soon, floor votes could well be delayed indefinitely or blocked outright. President Obama just resubmitted 19 judicial nominees whose floor votes were blocked by Senate Republicans. Thirteen of these had been approved by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and other Judiciary Committee members without dissent. An equal number would have filled judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. courts. Chief Justice John Roberts' year-end report calls for urgent action to remedy the problem of vacant federal judgeships. Vacancies have risen to almost 100, nearly one half of which are emergencies. Coburn could make a difference by simply fulfilling his 2005 vow that: "I will continue to insist that the judicial nominations from any president - Republican or Democrat - receive the courtesy of an up-or-down vote."" Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

Justice delayed results in justice denied  (Oklahoman, 01/16/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: "Senate Republicans blocked floor votes on 19 judicial nominees. Thirteen were approved without dissent by Oklahoma Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and other Judiciary Committee members. An equal number would have filled judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. courts. In 2005, Coburn vowed that he would continue to insist that the judicial nominations from any president, Republican or Democrat, have the courtesy of an up-or-down vote. Now, Coburn can insist that floor votes be held on nominees to fill the 45 emergencies and nearly 100 total judicial vacancies nationwide."

The Urgent Need to Confirm Judges (Daily Journal [CA] , 01/04/11)
Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor: “Nineteen nominees who won committee approval never got an up-or-down vote on the floor.” The unprecedented nature of Senate Republican obstruction is revealed by a closer look: the Judiciary Committee approved 13 of these nominees unanimously, and an equal number would have filled judicial emergencies designated by the U.S. Courts. Confirming judges can reduce the increasingly common problem of justice delayed becoming justice denied as memories fade and witnesses and parties pass away. Indeed, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s year-end report called for urgent action to remedy the problem of federal judicial vacancies."

Senate Agreement Ends Action on Four Contentious Judicial Nominations (Congressional Quarterly, 12/20/10)
“Obviously, the Senate is not going to be better next year,” said Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for the Defenders of Wildlife’s Judging the Environment Project. “They should have pushed harder earlier. There’s no reason there shouldn’t have been earlier action on these nominees.”

Judges held hostage  (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 12/18/10)
Letter to the Editor from Glenn Sugameli: "The thumb-down editorial “Vote on Matheson” (Our View, Dec. 5) explains how “the nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr. to the bench of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is being held hostage to partisan gridlock” and exhorts Sen. Orrin Hatch to “publicly urge his Republican colleagues to bring this nomination to a vote.” The Senate should indeed vote on Matheson and on 37 other pending judicial nominees, 29 of which were unanimously cleared by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Hatch is a member. Seven of the cleared nominees who had one or more committee “no” votes are women, people of color, or both. Fairness, and the need to fill unprecedented numbers of judicial vacancies, argue for full Senate votes on all nominees. For example, prominent conservative Republican supporters of Goodwin Liu’s nomination to a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “emergency vacancy” include Kenneth Starr and Clint Bolick. President George W. Bush’s White House ethics counsel Richard Painter explained that Liu “should not be controversial.” Seven Republican-appointed judges signed a 9th Circuit Judicial Council letter describing “our desperate need for judges.”"

Forum: Give all judicial nominees a vote (Journal Star [Peoria, IL], 12/15/10)
Glenn Sugameli: "nearly all - seven of eight - of the nominees with one or more "no" votes in committee are women, people of color, or both. Fairness and efforts to add diversity to the overwhelmingly white male federal bench argue for Senate lame-duck votes on all nominees. For example, supporters of Goodwin Liu's nomination to fill a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals emergency vacancy include prominent conservative Republicans such as Kenneth Starr and Clint Bolick. President George W. Bush's White House ethics counsel, Richard Painter, explained that Liu "should not be controversial." Seven active Republican-appointed judges signed a recent 9th Circuit Judicial Council letter that cited "our desperate need for judges" and urged the Senate to fill the vacancies "promptly.""

Vote on nominees (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review [PA] , 12/14/10)
"Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, tries to blame President Obama and the Senate Judiciary Committee for judicial vacancies by claiming that "only 23" district court nominees are awaiting final votes. At the time, Republicans were blocking votes on all 26 (now 30) district court nominees and eight circuit court nominees. All obtained the support of their Republican and Democrat home-state senators," Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor

Unfair delays for federal judges (Herald Sun [NC] , 12/11/10)
" There are now 38 judicial nominees awaiting floor votes. All are supported by their home-state Republican and Democratic senators, and 29 unanimously cleared the Judiciary Committee. Almost all (7 of 9) nominees with one or more committee "no" votes are women, people of color, or both. Fairness and unprecedented numbers of judicial vacancies argue for immediate Senate votes on all nominees." Glenn Sugameli, published Letter to the Editor

All deserve vote (Scranton Times-Tribune [PA], 12/10/10)
"[T]he Senate can and should vote on all pending nominees. For example, supporters of Goodwin Liu's nomination to fill a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals emergency vacancy include prominent conservative Republicans, including Kenneth Starr and Clint Bolick. President George W. Bush's White House ethics counsel Richard Painter explained that Liu "should not be controversial." Finally, seven of nine of the nominees with one or more no votes in committee are women, people of color, or both. Fairness, and efforts to add diversity to the overwhelmingly white male federal bench, argue for Senate votes on all nominees." Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor

ACS Weekly Bulletin  (American Constitution Society Blog, 12/03/10)
"[T]he graph "shows a disappointing lack of major progress in the percentage of female federal judges in recent years," according to Glenn Sugameli, founder and head of the environmental community's Judging the Environment project on federal judicial nominations. Sugameli told ACSblog that President Obama's 43 confirmed judicial nominees include 22 women and 17 men and women of color, but that every nominee blocked by Senate obstruction is preventing further diversification on the federal bench."

JUDICIARY: Democrats pushing for judicial confirmations (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 12/02/10)
"Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife, predicted a deal in which noncontroversial nominees are bundled together and approved en masse. More controversial nominees could face individual votes, he suggested, and Reid might have to file a procedural motion ending debate in order to get an up-or-down vote on Liu."

Male Judges Far Outnumber Women Judges, Federal Court Graph Shows  (American Constitution Society Blog, 11/30/10)
Glenn Sugameli, founder and head of the environmental community's Judging the Environment project and website on federal judicial nominations, told ACSblog, "The U.S. Courts' Federal Bench Gender Snapshot shows a disappointing lack of major progress in the percentage of female federal judges in recent years." Sugameli continued, "President Obama's 43 confirmed judicial nominees include 22 women and 17 men and women of color. Senate Republican obstruction of every pending judicial nominee, however, is blocking votes that would increase the diversity of the federal bench. Ten of the 23 nominees awaiting Floor votes are women and 13 are men and women of color."

JUDICIAL VACANCIES: Senate should act on pending nominees (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [WI], 11/29/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor: "as judicial vacancies soared to over 100, current and retired Republican-appointed federal judges have urged the Senate to stop delaying and act now on all the pending nominees. Floor votes on some of the 50 judicial emergencies, including the Western District of Wisconsin (Louis Butler Jr.) and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Goodwin Liu and Mary Murguia), could also add African-American, Asian-American and Latina judges, respectively. Among 23 nominees awaiting floor votes are 10 women and 13 people of color (some are both)."

Fill judicial vacancies (Deseret News [UT] , 11/24/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor: "Bizarrely, however, Senate Republican "holds" have even blocked Utah's Scott Matheson Jr. and other consensus nominees who have strong support from home-state Republican senators. In early June, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Matheson's 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nomination without dissent, and Sen. Orrin Hatch promised to "do everything in my power to get him through as soon as I can." Since then, judicial vacancies have soared to over 100, including 50 judicial emergencies, and current and retired Republican-appointed federal judges have urged the Senate to stop delaying and act now on all the pending nominees."

ACS Nov. 19, 2010 Weekly Bulletin (American Constitution Society Blog, 11/19/10)
"ACS member Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, was featured in an article in TPM about why 2011 will be a good time for the Senate to focus on judicial confirmations."

Glenn Sugameli: Obama nominees would diversify federal bench (Capital Times (WI), 11/19/10)
"President Obama’s 43 confirmed judicial nominees include 22 women and 17 people of color (some, of course, are both). The 23 nominees awaiting floor votes include 10 women, nine of whom the Judiciary Committee approved without dissent. Prominent pending nominees, including Butler and Goodwin Liu (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), are among the 13 people of color awaiting floor votes."

AFJ signs letter with over 50 groups calling for immediate votes on judicial nominees (Justice Watch, 11/17/10)
Links to Judging the Environment's post of letter signed by Defenders of Wildlife

ACS Weekly Bulletin Special Issue: ACS Priority Issues: A Year in Review (American Constitution Society Blog, 11/17/10)
Guest blogs: Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife's Judging the Environment, describes the deepening federal judicial vacancy crisis. (9/30)

PUTTING NOMINATIONS HIGH ON THE SENATE'S TO-DO LIST (Washington Monthly, 11/16/10)
Steve Benen: So, what are senators to do for the next two years? Brian Beutler reports on a wise course of action. [includes excerpt quoting Glenn Sugameli] If I'm Harry Reid, I'm getting ready to make this one of my top priorities in the next Congress."

Is a GOP House Better for Obama Nominees? (Atlantic, 11/15/10)
"TPM's Brian Beutler makes a counterintuitive point: now that Republicans control the House, President Obama's nominees might have an easier time making their ways through the Senate. ... "Reid should concentrate Floor time on must pass bills, message and other votes that highlight differences and important matters that are or should be non-controversial, including confirming lifetime federal judges," Glenn Sugameli, an advocate for swift judicial confirmations, tells TPM."

Eagles and many others still wait for Senate votes (Greensboro News & Record [NC], 11/15/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor: "“With a majority of women, state’s top court hits milestone (editorial, Nov. 10) correctly notes that “the federal bench still seems less welcoming.” The U.S. Senate can help change that during the lame-duck session. Floor votes are pending on 23 judicial nominees, including 10 women, nine of whom were approved by the Judiciary Committee without dissent."

Silver Lining: Why Dems' Big Loss Could Pave The Way For Obama Nominees (Talking Points Memo, 11/15/10)
Brian Beutler: "Reid should concentrate Floor time on must pass bills, message and other votes that highlight differences and important matters that are or should be non-controversial, including confirming lifetime federal judges," Glenn Sugameli, an advocate for swift judicial confirmations, tells TPM. "All of Obama's nominees to circuit and district courts have had the support of their home-state Republican and Democratic senators and the vast majority have been non-controversial nominees who have been approved by the Judiciary Committee without objection and approved unanimously when they finally receive usually long-delayed Floor votes." "If one or more Republican senators force cloture votes on consensus nominees, they will accurately be seen as mindlessly obstructionist," Sugameli says. If they do not, nominees will be confirmed quickly."

A silver lining on judicial confirmations? (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 11/15/10)
Discusses Brian Beutler's Talking Points Memo analysis and includes excerpts quoting Glenn Sugameli

Judicial Diversity (Courier-Journal [KY] , 11/11/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Reader Letter: "one key result of this obstruction by Republican senators; it has unjustifiably prolonged the overwhelmingly white male makeup of the federal bench. The Senate's lame duck session can and should make a difference. The 23 nominees awaiting floor votes include 10 women, nine of whom the Judiciary Committee approved without dissent. President Obama's judicial selection has begun to diversify the federal bench; there are 22 women among his 43 confirmed nominees. In addition, 17 Obama judges are people of color, and another 13 are awaiting floor votes."

Judicial diversity (Kentucky Enquirer, 11/11/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor: "Woolner's excellent column does not discuss one key result of this obstruction by Republican senators; it has unjustifiably prolonged the overwhelmingly white male makeup of the federal bench."

Election likely to affect EPA lawsuits, judge nominations (USA Today, 11/05/10)
USA TODAY GREENHOUSE blog reproduces Greenwire report quoting Glenn Sugameli

LAW: Election likely to affect EPA litigation, judicial nominations  (New York Times, 11/04/10)
Glenn Sugameli, who tracks judicial nominees from an environmental perspective for Defenders of Wildlife, said the onus is on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to push through pending nominations during the lame-duck session this month. After the lame duck, Sugameli predicted that public dissatisfaction with Congress would "increase pressure for Senate Republicans to get things done, especially as judicial vacancies have soared to over 100."

Nominees on hold (Akron Beacon Journal [OH], 11/04/10)
Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor: "Blanket holds by anonymous Senate Republicans have blocked floor votes on Judge Pearson and 22 other judicial nominees the Judiciary Committee has approved. Retiring Sen. Voinovich told CNN that the upcoming lame duck session of Congress should work to demonstrate a commitment to problem-solving rather than partisan bickering. A good place to start would be voting to fill judicial vacancies, which have soared to over 100."

Judgeships lie vacant as Senate Republicans stall confirmations (Daily Princetonian [Princeton University, NJ], 10/19/10)
"[F]ederal court access has suffered as holds placed on candidates caused vacancies to soar. The number of vacant judgeships that U.S. courts have declared “judicial emergencies” has risen to 49, from 20." Glenn Sugameli '76, published Letter to the Editor

Obama Slams Republican Leadership for ‘Unprecedented Obstruction’ of Judicial Nominations  (American Constitution Society Blog, 10/01/10)
"As noted yesterday in an ACSblog guest post by Glenn Sugameli, senators left town yesterday without confirming one nominee, and that now the situation is only likely to worsen."

Federal Judicial Vacancy Crisis Deepens as Unnamed Senate Republicans Block Floor Votes on All 23 Pending Judicial Nominees (American Constitution Society Blog, 09/30/10)
Glenn Sugameli Guest Post: "nominees remain frozen, however, despite announced support from Republican home-state senators who are unable to convince their colleagues to allow a vote (or are unwilling to follow Sen. Alexander's successful example). These include Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett (10th Circuit nominee Scott Matheson, Jr.); Arizona Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain (9th Circuit nominee Mary Murguia); Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (district court nominee Carlton Reeves); and North Carolina's Richard Burr (4th Circuit nominee Albert Diaz and district court nominee Catherine Eagles)."

Nominees held back (Free Lance-Star [VA] , 09/15/10)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor: "unprecedented Senate Republican blanket secret holds are denying floor votes to many Judiciary Committee-approved judicial nominees. Federal court access has suffered as vacancies have soared to more than 100. Frozen nominees include John A. Gibney Jr. (Virginia District Court) and Albert Diaz (4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Virginia). Both were OK'd in committee without dissent months ago for vacancies that the U.S. courts have declared "judicial emergencies," which have risen from 20 to 49."

Blaming Obama for lack of judges 'absurd' (Daily Progress [Charlottesville, VA], 09/12/10)
"Federal court access has suffered as vacancies have soared to more than 100. Frozen nominees include John A. Gibney Jr. (Virginia district court) and Albert Diaz (4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Virginia). Both were OK’d in committee without dissent months ago for vacancies that the U.S. courts have declared “judicial emergencies,” emergencies that have risen from 20 to 49." [Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor]

Judge nominees must wait as Senate adjourns (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 08/07/10)
Re-print of Los Angeles Times article, quoting Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli.

Senate delays two nominations to federal courts (Orange County Register [CA] , 08/07/10)
Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer, said he thought Liu and Chen “will be renominated in September, and the Democrats will make a strong push for a floor vote.”

Environmental Groups Smile on Kagan's Ascension to Supreme Court (Environment News Service, 08/06/10)
"A letter signed by 45 groups and sent to the senators on Tuesday says, "Kagan is extremely well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and we endorse her nomination without qualification." The groups that signed the letter include some of the country's largest and most influential organizations such as the League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, the National Hispanic Environmental Council and Greenpeace USA. Regional conservation groups are also represented."

SENATE: Kagan confirmed for Supreme Court  (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 08/05/10)
"Kagan was backed by some of the nation's largest environmental advocacy groups, 45 of which sent a letter urging the Senate to approve her nomination. The letter, which was written and circulated by Defenders of Wildlife, pointed to her statements during confirmation hearings that Congress has broad authority to pass environmental laws and that the Supreme Court should give them deference. "The court is narrowly and deeply split on critical constitutional and statutory environmental protection issues," the letter said. "Kagan's record and her Supreme Court confirmation hearing testimony demonstrate an essential understanding of the importance of fair Court decisions that uphold, enforce and correctly interpret laws that protect people, wildlife, and the environment.""

SUPREME COURT: Graham joins Democrats as Judiciary panel approves Kagan (Greenwire, 07/20/10)
"35 environmental organizations ... backed her in a letter sent yesterday to Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the committee's ranking member. ..."The court is narrowly and deeply split on critical constitutional and statutory environmental protection issues," says the letter, which was written and circulated by Defenders of Wildlife. "Kagan's record and her Supreme Court confirmation hearing testimony demonstrate an essential understanding of the importance of fair Court decisions that uphold, enforce and correctly interpret laws that protect people, wildlife, and the environment.""

Joint Letter from Environmental Organizations  (ABA Journal, 07/19/10)
Senate Judiciary Committee link to: July 19, 2010 - Joint Letter from Environmental Organizations [Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, Greenpeace USA, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, Endangered Species Coalition, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Advocates for the West, Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Kentucky Resources Council, Inc., Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Magic, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, McKenzie Guardians, Citizens for Public Resources, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Conservation Northwest, Montana Environmental Information Center, Endangered Habitats League, Northwest Environmental Advocates, Friends of Blackwater, Oregon Wild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Public Lands Without Livestock, Green Delaware, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council, Gulf Restoration Network, WaterWatch of Oregon, Idaho Conservation League, WildEarth Guardians, Idaho Rivers United, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation]

SUPREME COURT: After week of hearings, Kagan seen as taking Stevens' place on enviro cases (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 07/02/10)
"Kagan encouragingly emphasized the role of Congress in defining within broad limits who should have standing to enforce the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and other laws," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, who leads the advocacy group's Judging the Environment project.

Secret Holds are Still Blocking Non-Controversial Federal Judicial Nominees (Washington Post, 06/22/10)
Posted Comment by Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli on "Senate confirms more than 60 Obama nominees" post: "Thanks for the timely posting, but the reference to inclusion of "Several federal judges" is somewhat misleading. The Senatus blog has posted the list of confirmed nominees and only three judges for the local court-the Superior Court of the District of Columbia- are included. The US Courts website lists 100 federal appellate and district court vacancies, plus 21 future vacancies. What is unprecedented is that many judicial nominees who were unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee long ago are still being blocked by secret holds. My Judging the Environment website has thousands of links to Senator statements, editorials, and more on Supreme Court and other federal judicial nominations and related issues such as access to courts."

Elena Kagan started Harvard environmental law program  (USA Today, 05/11/10)
"She has an in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts of how issues work in the real world," Glenn Sugameli, an attorney at Defenders of Wildlife and founder of Judging the Environment, which monitors federal courts, tells Grist.

SUPREME COURT: Kagan introduced as nominee  (Greenwire, 05/10/10)
"We look forward to the Senate's deliberations on this important nomination as the court is sharply and closely divided on the fate of basic environmental safeguards and citizens' access to court. Respect for and understanding of environmental laws that protect all Americans are essential," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife who leads the advocacy group's Judging the Environment project. "The next justice will help determine the fate of basic environmental safeguards for decades to come."

More Reaction to Kagan Nomination (Legal Times, 05/10/10)
Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney, Defenders of Wildlife “We welcome President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, whose record shows an essential understanding of the importance of upholding and enforcing laws that protect people, wildlife and the environment. While she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan made environmental law a top priority. She helped found the Environmental Law Program, and in one of her most prominent hires, recruited prominent environmental scholar Jody Freeman to lead the program. Kagan also started an Environmental Law & Policy Clinic where students provide vital assistance on cases and policy. It is critical that Justice Stevens’ successor be fair-minded and experienced and understand why environmental laws were written.”

Supreme Court Pick Seen as 'Thoughtful' About Enviro Law, but Views on Issues Are a Mystery  (New York Times, 05/10/10)
Greenwire article quoting Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli

Reactions to the nomination Politicians' and interest groups' statements (SCOTUSBlog, 05/10/10)
Links to Judging the Environment statement on the Elena Kagan nomination and notes "Judging the Environment links to more Senators’ reactions here."

Elena Kagan, climate realist  (Grist, 05/10/10)
"She has an in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts of how issues work in the real world," said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney at Defenders of Wildlife and founder of Judging the Environment, which monitors federal courts. "That's important because, if you look at the current court, they're almost all lifetime ‘judicial monastery' types. They're so used to looking at things from a judge's standpoint that they don't really understand them."

Judging the Environment [Statement on Elena Kagan nomination] (SCOTUSBlog, 05/10/10)
"The following statement is from Glenn Sugameli, who founded in 2001 and still heads the environmental community’s Judging the Environment project and website on federal judicial nominations and related issues: * * *"

Obama Nominates Solicitor General Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court (Environment News Service, 05/10/10)
Glenn Sugameli, founder and head of the environmental community's Judging the Environment project, said, "We welcome President Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, whose record shows an essential understanding of the importance of upholding and enforcing laws that protect people, wildlife and the environment." "While she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan made environmental law a top priority," said Sugameli. "She helped found the Environmental Law Program, and, in one of her most prominent hires, recruited prominent environmental scholar Jody Freeman to lead the program. Kagan also started an Environmental Law and Policy Clinic where students provide vital assistance on cases and policy." "It is critical that Justice Stevens' successor be fair-minded and experienced and understand why environmental laws were written," Sugameli said.

Wednesday round-up (SCOTUSBlog, 04/28/10)
"Glenn Sugameli, writing for ACSblog, recalls the perceived unlikelihood of the Monsanto petition being granted and reviews the Court’s recent record in environmental cases."

The Supreme Court’s Activist, Pro-Corporate Opinions and Case Selection  (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/26/10)
Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli Guest Post: "understanding how the activist Court has undermined laws that protect ordinary Americans requires that attention must be paid to one-sided decisions whether or not to review environmental and other cases."

Earth Day Highlights Importance of Judicial Nominations, Lawmakers and Advocates Say  (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/22/10)
"Federal courts decide the fate of lawsuits that attack safeguards for clean air, clean water, endangered species, and special natural places," Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli recently wrote at ACSblog. "Judges must uphold anti-pollution and conservation laws against unjustifiable claims that their enactment exceeded Congress' Commerce Clause authority, and that they take away non-existent 'property rights' to pollute." "Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's retirement highlights just how much Americans rely on fair and independent judges to uphold and enforce laws that protect people and our environment," Sugameli concludes. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson echoed Sugameli's sentiments today.

Environmental Protections Require Fair Independent Replacement for Stevens  (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/13/10)
Guest Blog by Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli

RE: MICHELLE MALKIN: The Obama way: Bluster, bully, bribe (Register Citizen [CT], 04/05/10)
Glenn Sugameli posted comments: "" I am still awaiting Michelle Malkin’s published apology and correction for her outrageous column.. (Mar. 9) which spread a smear suggesting that Scott Matheson’s announced appellate court nomination was somehow tied to a potential health care vote by his brother, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah). Before the column was published, its conspiratorial fantasy had been debunked"

SUPREME COURT: Stevens to decide on retirement next month  (Greenwire, 03/16/10)
While environmental groups would lose one of their most reliable supporters, said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, they will also lose a justice with "intangibles" -- including a relatively strong rapport with key swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy joined the majority in Massachusetts v. EPA, which provided the legal basis for EPA's emerging effort to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. "Any change on the Supreme Court could help decide the fate of environmental laws for decades to come. The court is very closely split, 5-4, on a number of major environmental issues," Sugameli said. "A new nominee will obviously be much younger and will likely be around to decide issues that nobody's really even thought of yet."

COURTS: Confirmation shifts 4th Circuit toward Democrats' appointees  (Greenwire, 11/10/09)
Mountaintop removal case shows need to fill 4th Circuit vacancies: "Only about half of the court voted in this case," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife. "The point of an en banc rehearing is to allow the full court to weigh in on a matter, and the fact that you have this many vacancies and this many recusals on such a significant case shows how the process isn't working." Wilkinson's minority opinion suggests the potential for similar cases to have a different outcome with new additions to the court, Sugameli said. "All you need is to get to seven. Three new judges could make a difference, let alone five," he said.

GOP should allow votes (Mobile Press-Register [AL], 10/29/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli: "The message of the Press-Register's Oct. 25 editorial "Benjamin deserves Senate vote" was bolstered by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who said: "We are facing a major pandemic; we have a well-qualified candidate for surgeon general; she's been through the committee process. We just need a vote in the Senate." Ranking U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby, both of Alabama, could also tell their Republican colleagues to allow votes on the unprecedented number of truly noncontroversial judicial nominations that are stalled. These include U.S. District Judge Beverly Martin's nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Alabama. Despite support from her Georgia home-state Republican senators and a Sept. 10 unanimous Judiciary Committee voice vote, Martin remains in limbo. In contrast, the 2007-08 Democratic Senate confirmed 23 Bush judges within a week of committee approval."

SUPREME COURT: 3 enviro, energy cases on docket as fall term begins  (Greenwire, 10/05/09)
In depth article extensively quotes Defenders of Wildlife's Glenn Sugameli.

Sotomayor Hearings Repeatedly Touched on Enviro Issues  (New York Times, 07/17/09)
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor addressed major issues of concern to the environmental community during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that ended yesterday, shedding some light on how she would approach cases concerning regulatory takings, the Constitution's Commerce Clause, as well as her views on upholding congressional action regarding protective measures such as the Clean Water Act. "Environmental issues received more play than some may have thought they would during the week," said Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel for Earthjustice.

SUPREME COURT: Sotomayor questioned about upholding environmental protections (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 07/15/09)
"Sotomayor's emphasis on paying particular attention to congressional findings was reassuring, as was her stress on deference to Congress in this context and in responding to Senator Cardin's concerns with Supreme Court decisions that he recognized have undermined the Clean Water Act," said Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel for Earthjustice.

Sotomayor's Record on Enviro Issues Faces Scrutiny as Hearings Begin  (New York Times, 07/13/09)
As the Supreme Court has taken an increasing interest in environmental-themed cases, advocacy and legal interest groups have come to view the nomination with new significance, said Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel for Earthjustice."

Enviros back Sotomayor for Supreme Court  (Grist, 07/12/09)
"More than 60 environmental and Native American groups—including the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Greenpeace USA, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for Biological Diversity—have sent a letter [PDF] to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee offering unqualified support for her nomination. ... 'As recent, closely divided decisions demonstrate, the Supreme Court is playing a crucial role in environmental protections,' says Glenn Sugameli, senior policy counsel at Earthjustice."

Get Behind Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor—60 Green Groups Already Have Yes, she's a strong, Hispanic woman—and she's green, too. (planet green, 07/10/09)
"60 of the nation's top environmental and conservation groups, including EarthJustice, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and the National Wildlife Federation, have drafted a letter voicing their support for Sotomayor.... The groups have written their endorsement because they've surveyed her judicial record and found that she's fair, measured, and thorough in her decisions."

Environmental Groups Support Sotomayor Nomination (SustainableBusiness.com, 07/10/09)
"Sixty environmental groups sent a letter Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor...."

60 Environmental Groups Support Sotomayor for Supreme Court  (Environment News Service, 07/09/09)
"Our support for President Obama's nomination of Judge Sotomayor continues," said Trip Van Noppen, president of the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice. "We are pleased that so many environmental groups agree." ... The letter was signed by some of the largest groups in the United States, including the League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation and The Wilderness Society. In total, they represent millions of members. ...

SUPREME COURT: Souter departs with solid environmental legacy (Greenwire, 06/29/09)
Article extensively quotes Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli

Environmental Issues Lose in Supreme Court: Mining Decision is Fifth to Disappoint Activists This Term  (Daily Journal [CA] , 06/25/09)
"Addressing the mining case and others, Glenn Sugameli, an attorney with the environmental group Earthjustice, criticized the court for donning 'pro-business blinders' at the expense of other interests. Another example he cited was the 2nd Circuit case, in which the court reversed Judge - and likely future Supreme Court Justice - Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the lower court opinion in favor of environmental groups. Entergy v. Riverkeeper, DJDAR 4885. ...With the Bush administration out of office, environmentalists are now hoping that the Supreme Court will, as Earthjustice's Sugameli put it, 'apply the same principles' of deference to the Obama administration if the EPA enacts new rules that are more pro-environment."

Enviro groups like what they see in Obama's justice pick (Greenwire, 05/27/09)
Article on Sotomayor nomination extensively quotes Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel and head of Earthjustice's judicial nominations project.

Obama Supreme Court pick has small but solid record on environmental rulings (Grist, 05/26/09)
Extensively quotes Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen

Letter: Sowell showed little 'empathy'  (Appeal-Democrat [CA], 05/16/09)
Published letter from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli rebutting Thomas Sowell column: "Judges are not computers; they must understand how the U.S. Constitution and laws were written to alleviate real problems people face in many different circumstances."

Letter: Sowell column distorts meaning of empathy (Lima News [OH] , 05/12/09)
Published letter from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli: "The headline of Thomas Sowell's May 5 column, " ‘Empathy' versus law," is a false dichotomy that befits a column that bizarrely distorts the meaning of empathy and then obscenely compares President Barack Obama's "rhetoric" with "the law that gave Hitler dictatorial power.""

LETTER TO EDITOR: Don't rule out empathy (Washington Times, 05/07/09)
"Respect for the law requires judicial empathy - the ability to see the world from other people's points of view. Empathy is needed to avoid bias, which can result from overreliance on a justice's own limited - and typically highly privileged and insulated - experience and perspective."

Letter: Rule of law needs judicial empathy  (Chattanooga Times Free Press [TN] , 05/07/09)
Published Letter from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli: "“‘Empathy’ or the Constitution ?” (editorial, May 5) mistakenly condemns any judge who dares to “empathize with others … those personal feelings should be carefully set aside in court in favor of complete impartiality and justice.” There is a reason why judges are people, not computers. They must understand how the Constitution and laws were written to alleviate real problems faced by people in many different circumstances. . . ."

Obama Begins Shaping Federal Judiciary (Law360, 05/06/09)
Extensively quotes Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli.

SUPREME COURT: Enviro issues at stake in looming nomination fight  (Greenwire, 05/01/09)
Extensively quotes Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli.

So Long, Farewell: Justice Souter has been a dependable green vote  (Grist, 05/01/09)
Grist's senior editor Lisa Hymas quotes in full Earthjustice "statement about Souter’s retirement from Glenn Sugameli, their senior legislative counsel:"

Seeking Souter's Replacement (Inside EPA, 05/01/09)
Quotes Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli in detail.

Empathy is crucial for effective judges (Columbia Daily Tribune [MO] , 04/03/09)
Published Open Column by Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli on how "interpreting ambiguous laws and the Constitution requires understanding their purpose and history."

Empathy essential to justice (Daily News Tribune [MA], 03/31/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli.

Empathy essential to justice (MetroWest Daily News [MA], 03/29/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli expanding on column's rebuttal of right wing charges about judicial nominees.

Empathy essential to justice (Daily News Tribune [MA], 03/29/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli "makes several important points about President Obama's nomination of David Hamilton for an open U.S. Court of Appeals seat."

Empathy essential to justice (Milford Daily News [MA], 03/29/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli.

Court minority misinterprets laws (Roanoke Times [VA], 02/15/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli commenting on recent editorial.

Glenn Sugameli: Next U.S. Supreme Court pick critical (Capital Times (WI), 02/14/09)
Published letter to the editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli responding to Op-Ed and editorial column.

Re: Mark Hamby’s Guest Column “Fair Pay Act”  (Journal Record [OK], 02/13/09)
Response by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli to a Guest Column

Obstructionist court (Gainesville Sun [FL], 02/09/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli on threats to access to court.

Guest Observer: GOP Payback on Court Nominees Is Hard to Justify (Roll Call, 02/09/09)
Op-Ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli detailing objective problems that justified failure to confirm all of Bush’s nominees. "Any fair evaluation of the Senate’s review of Bush’s judicial nominations can only argue for confirmation of qualified" Obama nominees.

Congress can overturn court’s misinterpretation (News Journal (DE), 02/09/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on threats to court access from Supreme Court misinterpretation of statutes and the Constitution.

Supreme Court minority would deny rights (Post-Standard [NY] , 02/04/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on threatened access to court.

Reversing conservative judicial activism (Intelligencer Journal [PA] , 02/03/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on threatened access to court.

Keep an eye on certain Supreme Court judges (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 01/31/09)
Published Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Not so fine (Oakland Tribune [CA] , 01/26/09)
Published letter to the editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli responding to an editorial and discussing Alito and Roberts, access to courts, clean air and water, and worker rights.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY ROBERTS, ALITO NOT SO EXEMPLARY  (Republican-American [CT] , 01/23/09)
Published letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli responding to an editorial and discussing Ledbetter access to courts decision.

Look Beyond Constitutional Interpretation When Picking Judges (American Constitution Society Blog, 12/22/08)
Commentary by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: "The records of potential and pending judicial nominees on constitutional interpretation are a vital consideration, but far from the only one. Lifetime judges must also be competent, fair and independent, and must fairly interpret and apply the statutes, treaties, and judge-made 'common law' that are at issue in the vast majority of cases."

GOP environmental record a challenge for McCain (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 10/17/08)
Alito and Roberts "have generally opposed the regulation of business, said Glenn Sugameli, senior judicial counsel at Earthjustice."

Poor picks for judges, poor view of Senate role (The Hill, 10/15/08)
Published Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: Bush has pressured the Senate to confirm judges who would further political agendas by rewriting our Constitution and laws. Roberts and Alito fell one vote short of gutting basic water and air pollution laws.

Glenn Sugameli: Senate GOP Leadership Threats to Shutdown the Senate over Judicial Nominees are Unjustifiable and Misdirected (Talking Justice blog, 04/04/08)
Talking Justice blog post by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

The Patriot News blog comment by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli (Patriot Ledger [MA], 03/05/08)
President George W. Bush only listens to the Senate when its advice automatically echoes his own choices and its consent is a rubber stamp.

President Bush is creating artificial vacancies  (Political Forum, 03/05/08)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli post explaining: "How the records of President George W. Bush's judicial selection process and his appellate nominees demonstrate that his nominees were chosen BECAUSE they would not be confirmed. "

Bush Judicial Nominees- Torture, Alice in Wonderland, Shoplifting, Ethics and more (American Constitution Society Blog, 02/29/08)
Blog posting by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli featured on the American Constitution Society Blog comments on the controversial nominations of William Haynes, Jay Bybee, Claude Allen, Charles Pickering, Robert Conrad, Steve Matthews, Michael Wallace, William Myers, and Duncan Getchell.

Judicial vacancies exist because President Bush ignores remarkable compromises offered by Senators (Miami Herald, 02/12/08)
Comments by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on 4th circuit vacancies and Steve Matthews and Robert Conrad's nominations. Comments ALSO POSTED ON Blog of Legal Times, American Constitution Society Blog, Reno Gazette-Journal, Tulsa World, Topeka Capital-Journal, The News Tribune [WA], Star-Tribune [MN], and Mercury News' [CA] websites.

Judicial nominee is not without problems (Free Lance-Star [VA] , 08/15/07)
Letter to the Editor by Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice comments on how judicial nomination editorial did not reflect how President Bush ignored the bipartisan list of five names submitted jointly by Virginia's Senators, and how concerns with Leslie Southwick nomination include "his apparent pro-corporate tilt and his rulings against access to courts and workers' rights."

Bush Judicial Nominee Passes Big Senate Hurdle (Fox News, 08/02/07)
Article by Trish Turner of Fox News quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit

The Southwick Nomination (Washington Times, 07/24/07)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli states, Washington Times article "does not reflect the full scope and nature of the problems with Leslie Southwick's nomination . . . . Serious concerns raised by Earthjustice and other environmental groups focused on unfair denial of access to courts and judicial activism."

Misjudging Leslie (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review [PA] , 07/20/07)
Letter to the editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: Leslie Southwick's "record as a judge, combined with Judge Southwick's own words, raise questions about his ability to be a fair and neutral arbiter of environmental and other cases that involve the interests of corporate defendants."

COURTS: Enviros slam controversial appeals court nominee (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 06/15/07)
"Environmental groups -- among them Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club -- yesterday joined the chorus of criticism, although the groups stopped short of flatly opposing the nomination."

Democratic-Led Alliance Targets Environmental Views Of Bush Judicial Nominees (Inside EPA, 05/22/07)
Focus on Earthjustice's campaign to raise environmental profile of Bush judicial nominees & oppose Kuhl, Estrada, Wolski & Owen.

Idaho Gains Smith, but Loses Clout on Court (Times-News [ID] , 01/23/07)
Withdrawal of William Myers means Idaho loses seat in Court of Appeals

Idaho loses fine state judge, gains fine U.S. judge (Lewiston Tribune [ID], 01/19/07)
Editorial by the Lewiston Tribune, quoting Earthjustice’s Glenn Sugameli. The editorial commends the President's decision to nominate Judge Randy Smith in place of withdrawn Ninth Circuit nominee, William Myers III.

Senate Dems poised to accept new nominee for 9th Circuit seat (Greenwire, 01/17/07)
"President Bush's actions regarding the William Myers and Randy Smith 9th Circuit nominations were a belated recognition of reality," Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli said today.

Renomination Prolongs Calif., Idaho Battle (Daily Journal [CA] , 01/10/07)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice: "Myers was the worst on the environment," and his withdrawal "is obviously very good news."

Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Myers Withdraws (Environment News Service, 01/10/07)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli hailed Myers' withdrawal: "The Senate blocked William Myers's nomination because of his discredited actions as the Interior Department's top lawyer. As the Department's Solicitor, he unjustifiably favored mining companies and other special interests at the expense of his responsibilities to enforce the laws that protect taxpayers, tribal rights, and the environment. Myers' legal positions as Interior Solicitor were rejected by the Interior Department and by federal and state courts."

4 white flags fly in courts fight  (Los Angeles Times, 01/10/07)
White House decides not to resubmit William Myers and three others: "For the first time ever, a nominee for a lifetime federal judgeship has been forced to withdraw because his anti-environmental record generated bipartisan opposition," said lawyers for Earthjustice.

Bush's 9th Circuit pick withdraws his nomination (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 01/10/07)
Opposed by environmental groups and Indian tribes, William Myers was the first judicial nominee to lose primarily because of his environmental record, said Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: "As a lifetime Ninth Circuit judge, Myers would have had the power to turn his pro-industry bias into legal precedents governing nine Western states that contain nearly three-quarters of our public lands."

Four Appeals Court Choices Dropped From Consideration (Bloomberg News, 01/09/07)
Earthjustice said Myers was the first judicial nominee opposed primarily because of his record on the environment.

Myers withdraws nomination, pleasing environmentalists  (Denver Post [CO] , 01/09/07)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice cited William Myers' actions as the Interior’s Department top lawyer. “He unjustifiably favored mining companies and other special interests at the expense of laws that protect taxpayers, tribal rights and the environment.(If he had been confirmed), Myers would have had power to turn his pro-industry bias into legal precedents governing nine Western states.”

Three-year Myers confirmation fight draws to a close (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/09/07)
The Nomination of William Myers to the 9th Circuit was not resubmitted. "Myers's withdrawal is long overdue, and a victory for the environment," said Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli.

Radio Interview of Glenn Sugameli (Clear View radio, 10/05/06)
"Clear View" radio interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on judicial nominations and the environment.

Narrowed Appellate Rules on 'Standing' May Still Deter Citizen Suits (Inside EPA, 08/04/06)
Earthjustice and other judicial groups named in article opposing new EPA rule.

Justice Alito's Green Day: New justice to wade into Clean Water Act cases (Legal Times, 02/08/06)
Alito's "rulings on the bench led major environmental groups to oppose Alito. 'Judge Alito's record is more troubling than either Judge Roberts' or Harriet Miers', Earthjustice concluded."

WICH-AM Radio Interview with Glenn Sugameli (WICH-AM [CT] , 01/27/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Samuel Alito.

Florida's Stake In Defeating Alito (Tampa Tribune [FL] , 01/25/06)
Op-Ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli in the Tampa Tribune [FL], urging Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez to oppose Judge Alito's Supreme Court confirmation

WAXE-AM Radio Interview with Glenn Sugameli (WAXE-AM [FL] , 01/25/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Samuel Alito.

Environmental group one of 50 who say Alito would be bad for the environment  (WMNF FM 88.5 [FL] , 01/25/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Alito's environmental record.

One of 50 environmental groups who say Alito would be bad for the environment (WMNF FM 88.5 [FL] , 01/25/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli addressing environmental groups' opposition to the Alito nomination.

WMNF Radio Interview with Glenn Sugameli (WMNF FM 88.5 [FL] , 01/25/06)
Radio interview with Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli on the impact of Samuel Alito nomination on Florida's environment.

Environmental Rulings Should Sink Alito (Gazette (Colorado Springs), 01/24/06)
Opinion by Earthjustice's Ted Zukoski on Judge Alito's poor Clean Water record and the effect that his confirmation to the Supreme Court might have on pending Clean Water cases.

Environmental group opposes Alito confirmation (Shreveport Times [LA], 01/24/06)
Op-Ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli begins, "The U.S. Senate is considering whether to confirm Judge Samuel Alito Jr. to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many commentators have not focused on Alito's extreme record as an appellate judge of legislating from the bench on issues central to protecting public health and the environment in Louisiana and nationwide."

KCLA-AM, KZYQ-AM, WBBS-AM radio interview of Glenn Sugameli (, 01/21/06)
Radio interview of Glenn Sugameli on Samuel Alito nomination.

Environmental Groups Voice Strong Opposition to Alito Supreme Court Nomination  (Bush Greenwatch, 01/20/06)
Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel at Earthjustice: "Judge Alito's record," continued Sugameli, "indicates that he would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution."

Alito threatens health and clean water (Providence Journal [RI] , 01/19/06)
Op-ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Judge Alito's environmental and public health record.

KCAP-AM Radio Interview of Glenn Sugameli (KCAP-AM, 01/19/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Samuel Alito.

Powernomics Radio Network Interview of Glenn Sugameli (Powernomics Radio Network, 01/17/06)
Powernomics Radio Network's Tom Pope's interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Samuel Alito.

WCOJ -AM Radio Interview with Glenn Sugameli (WCOJ-AM [PA] , 01/12/06)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the nomination of Samuel Alito.

Pacifica Radio KNON-FM Interview of Glenn Sugameli (KNON-FM, 01/12/06)
National Pacifica Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli about the nomination of Samuel Alito.

COURTS: Alito defends record on environment as Feinstein attacks (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/12/06)
Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli said Alito's comment showed little recognition that the Laidlaw decision essentially overruled his earlier decision on environmental standing. "He's still talking about it as if there's a requirement that a person who uses a stream ... where there's 150 Clean Water violations has to somehow prove that pollution violations are making the water dangerous and not just that he doesn't want to use that stream or swim in that stream," Sugameli said. "He's refusing to back down at all from these opinions that are very disturbing and that he knew were very controversial."

Earthjustice says Supreme Court nominee's position bodes poorly for the future of Clean Water Act (Water World, 01/11/06)
In a series of rather stunning responses to questions from Senators at his confirmation hearing today, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended his decision in a key public health and water pollution case to dismiss the lawsuit brought by citizens to clean up pollution in the Delaware River, declared the nonprofit public interest law firm Earthjustice.

Imperial Presidency Fears, Environmental Groups' First Opposition Since Bork (Kansas City Infozone, 01/10/06)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice: "Judge Alito's record indicates that he would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution."

Alito's Opponents Stake Out Positions (Legal Intelligencer, 01/09/06)
Article quotes Earthjustice's report warning that Samuel Alito "would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution."

COURTS: Environmental groups rally against Alito as hearings begin (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/09/06)
Article on Alito nomination describes opposition by Earthjustice and other environmental groups.

Clean Water Cases Seen As Bellwether For Revamped Supreme Court (Inside EPA, 01/04/06)
The Supreme Court's upcoming review of two cases focusing on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is being viewed as a bellwether for the high court's future views on environmental issues following the recent confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts -- and the possible addition of Judge Samuel Alito, Earthjustice and other legal observers say.

WBAI Pacifica Radio interview of Glenn Sugameli (WBAI Pacifica Radio [NY] , 12/23/05)
Radio interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Alito nomination.

Environmental Groups Declare Opposition To Alito's Nomination to Supreme Court (BNA, 12/23/05)
"There were eight nominees between Bork and Alito whom we did not oppose," said Earthjustice Senior Counsel Glenn Sugameli.

Ohio News Network radio interview of Glenn Sugameli (Ohio Radio News Network, 12/22/05)
Radio network interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli about Samuel Alito nomination

Environmental Groups Oppose Alito for Supreme Court (About.com, 12/22/05)
"America depends upon Supreme Court justices to uphold and enforce our nation's environmental safeguards and to protect the rights of all Americans. We cannot afford to have someone like Judge Alito deciding which rights will be protected, and which will be thrown out," said Buck Parker, Executive Director of Earthjustice. "After a careful consideration of Judge Alito's record, we believe that, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, he would vote to roll back key protections for public health and the environment."

Earthjustice Opposes Alito Nomination  (Daily Kos, 12/20/05)
"Today Earthjustice (the law firm for the environment) announced that for the first time in almost 20 years, they are opposing a Supreme Court nominee. Read below to find out why Alito presents a direct threat to the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. And also read how Alito wants to put in place barriers that will prevent average citizens from using the courts to protect themselves and their communities."

Enviros launch campaign to derail Alito nomination (Greenwire, 12/20/05)
Article on Alito nomination quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Gleason Radio Group (5 Maine stations interview of Glenn Sugameli (Gleason Radio Group, 12/20/05)
The Gleason Radio Group in Maine (WCNM-AM, WTME-AM, WKTQ-AM,WOXO-FM & WTBM-FM) Scott Garrett, reporter, interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Samuel Alito nomination.

COURTS: Alito would limit federal judicial role (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 11/30/05)
Earthjustice Attorney Glenn Sugameli said Alito's answer is troublesome because it seemingly ignores the many legal precedents for ensuring plaintiffs' access to the federal courts. "It doesn't show any balance. It's not like he said, 'Well, there are limits on access to courts but it's also important to protect access to courts,'" Sugameli said. "Technically, what he's saying is that he's only applying the precedents that restrict standing."

Radio Interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Alito Nomination  (Air America, 11/12/05)
Air America's 'Ring of Fire' program with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. interviews Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Appellate Standing Plan Could Limit Suits on EPA Rules, Activists Say (Inside EPA, 11/11/05)
Article mentions Earthjustice as one of the groups opposed to the new legal rules regarding EPA and filing lawsuits.

Alito Record Shows Mixed Rulings On Environmental Laws  (Inside EPA, 11/02/05)
Article quotes an Earthjustice press release that comments on Samuel Alito's judicial environmental record.

Alito's Enviro Past (AlterNet, 11/02/05)
Article extensively quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

'Very concerned' enviros ponder justice nominee Alito's record (Greenwire, 11/01/05)
Glenn Sugameli: "Earthjustice is extremely concerned that Judge Alito has repeatedly sought to go even farther than the current Supreme Court majority in restricting Congress' authority to allow Americans to protect their rights in court, and to enact laws that protect our health and environment, . . . . the most important indication of how he might rule on the court is how he has ruled over the last 15 years."

Reaction to Alito's Nomination  (Stories in America, 10/31/05)
Quotes and links to reaction by Glenn Sugameli

COURTS: Roberts hearing does little to alleviate enviros' concerns (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 09/16/05)
"He was asked questions about the issues that we've raised, and he didn't fully answer those questions," said Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli.

COURTS: Roberts ducks questions on Commerce Clause but addresses ESA (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 09/14/05)
Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli: Roberts dodged the key issue of what harm must be shown to bring a lawsuit to stop pollution. "There's a lot of damage that could be done to people's ability to go to court that's totally consistent with Roberts' answer. The fact that he won't entirely wipe out the right to go to court on environmental cases doesn't assure us that he won't severely limit that right."

COURTS: Roberts hearings begin today with opening statements (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 09/12/05)
10 major environmental groups, including Earthjustice, again expressed concern over Roberts' position on congressional authority to enact environmental laws, and on access to courts.

Environmentalists stop short of opposing Chief Justice nominee (Inside EPA, 09/09/05)
Article mentions letter of concern Earthjustice and other environmental organizations sent to Senate members.

Rehnquist's death scrambles Senate schedule (Greenwire, 09/06/05)
Earthjustice and other environmental groups cite access to courts and Commerce Clause concerns with John Roberts' nomination.

Liberal Activists Say Access To Courts Key  (Investor's Business Daily, 09/02/05)
Critics of Judge John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court want senators to ask him about "access to courts." Earthjustice's Terrill North states: "There seems to be a pattern throughout his career where he has tried to deny people access to courts."

A friend of Bush is no friend of the environment (St. Petersburg Times [FL] , 08/22/05)
Editorial column by Diane Roberts discusses John Roberts' poor environmental record and quotes Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice, a national law firm: "He seems not to recognize that he's talking about the potential extinction of a species."

The Toad Less Traveled (Investor's Business Daily, 08/16/05)
Editorial quotes Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice, who says Roberts' view of Congress' authority "does raise serious questions" about how he might view "the constitutionality of important protections under the ESA."

Judge Roberts' Environmental Record Under Scrutiny  (Bush Greenwatch, 08/03/05)
Glenn Sugameli, head of Earthjustice's judicial nomination project, says "Roberts' opinion advanced a view of Congressional power that could threaten to undermine a wide swath of environmental protections, including the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act."

Court Nominee pressed on views on 'Standing' environmental laws (Inside EPA, 07/29/05)
Article mentions Earthjustice's concerns towards Roberts's views on 'Standing'

Supreme Court Nominee Facing Questions over Environmental Record (Inside EPA, 07/22/05)
Earthjustice's concern for the Roberts nomination cited in article.

Mulling Roberts' record, enviros hold their fire (Greenwire, 07/21/05)
Article quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on nomination of John Roberts to Supreme Court and on the impact that raising environmental issues and information can have on Senators.

Environmental groups study Roberts's rulings with concern  (Boston Globe, 07/21/05)
Boston Globe article quotes President of Earthjustice Buck Parker saying Roberts "may fail to uphold our key environmental safeguards as a Supreme Court justice".

Interest groups take sides on nomination (Indianapolis Star [IN], 07/21/05)
Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law firm aimed at protecting the environment, issued a statement noting its concern that Roberts might not uphold “key environmental safeguards” and urging senators to take their time in reviewing his qualifications.

Bush picks John Roberts for Supreme Court (Greenwire, 07/20/05)
Article on Roberts's nomination to the Supreme Court quotes Earthjustice.

Environment Lawyers Uneasy Over Roberts' Supreme Court Nomination (Environment News Service, 07/19/05)
Article features extensive quotations from Earthjustice Executive Director Buck Parker.

High Court Pick to Face Scrutiny on Federal Role in Environmental Law (Inside EPA, 07/08/05)
Article cites Earthjustice and Community Rights Counsel's hope for a "moderate" Supreme Court nominee.

Enviros dust off campaign playbook for Supreme Court nomination battle (Greenwire, 07/05/05)
Article on John Roberts's nomination to the Supreme Court quotes Earthjustice.

Roberts and the toad: A Supreme Court story (Endangered Species & Wetlands Report, 07/01/05)
In-depth article extensively quotes Earthjustice and Community Rights Counsel on John Roberts' record.

Court nominee (Idaho State Journal, 06/24/05)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the reasons behind William G. Myers' failed nomination to the Ninth Circuit.

McKeague brings experience of already serving on federal bench (Associated Press, 05/28/05)
Earthjustice & other environmental are concerned McKeague would limit access to courts.

FEDERAL JUDICIARY: Senate approves Owen to 5th Circuit, eyes Myers for cloture vote (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 05/26/05)
"Anti-environmental judges like Priscilla Owen are the price the American people have to pay when President Bush refuses to consult with the Senate in a spirit of bipartisanship," said Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli.

Right-Wingers Running Full Court Press (Environmental News Network (ENN), 04/28/05)
Earthjustice Executive Director Buck Parker Commentary on right-wing attack against fair courts, including nuclear option, Ninth Circuit split and William Myers' nomination.

This is a poor nominee for judge (Albany Democrat-Herald [OR], 03/28/05)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Ninth Circuit nominee William G. Myers' environmental record.

"Nuclear Option" Seen As Possible Way to Aid Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee  (Bush Greenwatch, 02/25/05)
The environmental community is girding for an all-out battle against Myers, described by Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli as "the most anti-environmental judicial nominee we have ever seen."

Congressional Challenges in 2005: Judicial Nominations (Environmental News Network (ENN), 02/14/05)
Commentary by Earthjustice's Buck Parker: "For the first time, the importance of protecting the environment has become a major issue in federal judicial selection. ... As an organization founded to protect the public's right to enforce environmental laws, it is critical that Earthjustice work to protect access to the courts and prevent the confirmation of judges whose records indicate that they are likely to abuse their offices and to undermine the nation's environmental laws."

An Impartial U.S. judiciary? (VoiceofFreedom.com, 01/27/05)
Lengthy article with analysis by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Rejected Last Year, Bush Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominees Are Back  (Bush Greenwatch, 01/27/05)
Noting that the Senate has already approved 204 of President Bush's 260 nominees, Earthjustice senior legislative counsel Glenn Sugameli says "Renomination of so many judges who the Senate has refused to confirm has never happened before. President Bush is trying to convert the Senate into a rubber stamp."

Bush renominates majority of blocked judges from 108th Congress (Greenwire, 01/03/05)
Article quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli stating, "Its very unfortunate that he's continuing to renominate people who have very, very extreme records on environmental protection."

Pickering announces retirement, blasts Democratic filibusters (Greenwire, 12/09/04)
Greenwire article on Charles Pickering Sr. quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Politics decide environmental court cases, study finds (Salt Lake Tribune [UT], 11/01/04)
Earthjustice attorney Jim Angell has characterized the Bush administration's intervention as a way to "get the public out of the way."

More than a third of Bush nominees have ties to energy interests, records show (Greenwire, 10/14/04)
Article on judicial nominees quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Washington College of Law (, 09/22/04)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli featured on law school panel discussion

Democrats dislike nominee's enviro record (Waste News, 08/02/04)
"Fortunately, a sufficient number of Senators saw through the Bush administration's attempt to turn an anti-environmental activist into a lifetime federal judge,'' said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice.

Democrats Block Bush Judicial Nominee on Environmental Grounds  (Environment News Service, 07/21/04)
“As his actions as Interior solicitor demonstrate, Mr. Myers sees nothing wrong with using public office to advance his personal agenda, which happens to match that of the mining and beef industries who employed him for most of his career,” said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm. “Fortunately, a sufficient number of senators saw through the Bush administration’s attempt to turn an anti-environmental activist into a lifetime federal judge.”

KPSI radio interviews Glenn Sugameli (, 07/21/04)
CA ABC radio affiliate interviews Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers' nomination.

Earthjustice speaks out against court appointment (Clarion (U of Denver), 05/18/04)
Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the merits of a filibuster on Ninth Circuit nominee William Myers III.

Radio interview of Glenn Sugameli (Air America, 05/04/04)
Air America radio broadcasts interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers' nomination.

KMUD radio interviews Glenn Sugameli (KMUD, 04/23/04)
CA radio interviews Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers' nomination.

WWOW-AM radio interviews Jim Cox (WWOW, 04/21/04)
Louie Free interviews Earthjustice's Jim Cox on William Myers' nomination.

Tribes Protest Myers Nomination to 9th Circuit Court (NIFC, 04/16/04)
Leaders of Native American organizations will gather on Capitol Hill today to protest the nomination of attorney William G. Myers III to a lifetime seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Panel Clears Myers, Floor Fight To Focus On Environment (Inside EPA, 04/08/04)
Quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli and Community Rights Counsel's Doug Kendall.

Senate Fight Over Appeals Court Nominee To Focus On Environmental Record (Inside EPA, 04/07/04)
Analysis of William Myers' nomination by Doug Kendall from Community Rights Counsel and by Glenn Sugameli from Earthjustice.

Panel OKs nomination to 9th Circuit  (Billings Gazette [MT,WY], 04/02/04)
"As his opinions as Interior solicitor demonstrate, Mr. Myers sees nothing wrong with using his public office to advance his private agenda, which matches that of the mining and beef industries who employed him for most of his adult life," Earthjustice Executive Director Buck Parker said in a statement. "Worse, he is willing to twist the law to reach the result he'd like to see."

KMMS-AM interview of Jim Cox (KMMS-AM, 04/02/04)
MT radio interviews Earthjustice's Jim Cox on William Myers' nomination.

Planet Check Enviro Report radio interviews Glenn Sugameli (Planet Check Enviro Report, 03/22/04)
Radio program aired on multiple stations interviews Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers' nomination.

WDEL-AM radio interview with Jim Cox (WDEL-AM [DE] , 03/19/04)
Philadelphia radio interview with Earthjustice's Jim Cox on William Myers' nomination

KGVO-AM radio interview of Jim Cox (KGVO-AM, 03/19/04)
MT radio interviews Earthjustice's Jim Cox on William Myers' nomination.

KNX-AM radio interview with Buck Parker (KNX-AM, 03/17/04)
L.A. radio interview with Earthjustice's Buck Parker on William Myers' nomination.

Judge takes bench despite opposition; Environmental groups dislike Clean Water Act rulings from Alabama's former attorney general. (Waste News, 03/01/04)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on President Bush's recess appointment of William Pryor: "This is another slap in the face of the constitutional process of judicial selection. President Bush is using a five-day Senate recess as a fig leaf to ride roughshod over the objections of senators, environmental groups, and many other concerned citizens.'' Pryor, as Alabama's attorney general, has taken "extreme stances'' opposing the federal government's role in protecting the environment, including challenging the constitutionality of portions of the Clean Water Act. "Appointing a judge like this to a federal appeals court shows that President Bush has no respect for the rights of American citizens to challenge polluters and other lawbreakers.''

WWOW-AM radio interview with Glenn Sugameli (WWOW, 02/18/04)
Radio interview with Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers' nomination.

Tipping the Scales (High Country News, 02/16/04)
For four decades, the federal courts have stood up for environmental laws. If G.W. Bush has his way, that will soon be ancient history. In-depth feature article quotes Earthjustice attorneys Susan Daggett and Glenn Sugameli.

Groups Fight Nominee for 9th Circuit (Los Angeles Times, 02/05/04)
Los Angeles Times cites Earthjustice report and separately quotes Earthjustice's Buck Parker and Glenn Sugameli on 9th Circuit nominee William G. Myers III, who faces a tough confirmation battle as nearly 100 environmental, tribal, civil rights, labor and women's organizations have mounted a major campaign to defeat him in the Senate.

Environmental, Civil Rights Groups Oppose Bush Judicial Nominee (Associated Press, 02/04/04)
Associated Press: Earthjustice's executive Director Buck Parker says Myers "He the clearest anti-environmental record of any of the nominees to date. He has made a career as a lobbyist and lawyer trying to overturn environmentally protective laws and regulations."

KFPA Evening News Piece on 9th Circuit Nominee William Myers (KPFA Radio, 02/03/04)
KFPA Radio's Evening News segment on the nomination of William Myers to the 9th circuit interviews Buck Parker and Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice (Start at 31:08 mark).

NOMINATIONS: Bush installs Pickering on 5th Circuit court via recess appointment (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/20/04)
Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli said President Bush is showing contempt for the Senate's constitutional duty to approve judicial nominees by using the recess appointment and criticized Pickering for his "record of extremist anti-environmental rulings."

Bench Marks: The Bush Administration Packs The Courts With Anti-Environmental Judges (E/The Environmental Magazine, 01/01/04)
"The federal government's ability to enforce the law and to protect people is at issue here," says Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli. "There is the ability to change how judges will be ruling on a whole range of issues." Article also quotes Community Rights Counsel's Doug Kendall.

GOP unable to break Pickering filibuster, nominations saga continues (Greenwire, 10/31/03)
Greenwire article on Charles Pickering, Sr.'s nomination quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.

Judicial Nominees Draw Attention Of More Environmental Groups (Inside EPA, 08/15/03)
Article on controversial nominees quotes Earthjustice and other environmental organizations on their opposition to the nominees.

Judge confirmed to appeals court (Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown, PA], 08/01/03)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice: “We’re very disturbed by this, based on his record. Obviously we’re disappointed. But we are pleased that a number of senators recognize there are a series of environmental issues in regard to this confirmation."

"We have a great view of what's going on" (The Hill, 05/21/03)
“During their first months in office the Bush administration tried to get Congress or federal agencies to weaken environmental laws and programs,” said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. “Increasingly, they are shifting their efforts to the courts,” he claimed. “[They are] not aggressively defending anti-environmental suits brought by industry, and the predictable result is the substantial weakening of environmental laws.”

Environmentalists Urge Senate To Reject Bush Nominee (Environment News Service, 05/07/03)
A coalition of more than a dozen environmental groups is urging the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Carolyn Kuhl to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Environmentalists Go After Ohioan's Judicial Nomination (Cleveland Plain Dealer [OH], 04/23/03)
Sixth Circuit nominee Jeffrey Sutton: article cites Earthjustice opposition and analysis, including quote from Glenn Sugameli.

Environmentalists Launch Campaign Against Bush Nominees (Congress Daily, 01/28/03)
Earthjustice attorney said environmentalists over the next several months would weigh in on most court nominations made by the White House.

First the Senate, Now the Courts of Appeal (New York Times, 12/01/02)
The newly-elected Republican majority in the Senate will allow President Bush to shift the courts more to the right.

COURTS: Bush gets second shot at bench nominations (Greenwire, 11/18/02)
With the GOP takeover, "the courts are going to be a particularly important place to challenge attempts to rollback environmental protections," said Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice.

Liberals to choose their battles on judge nominees (Recorder, 11/12/02)
Article quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on impact of change in control of the Senate on judicial nominees, and filibusters as a plausible weapon against those nominees who are not qualified to serve.

Liberals Bracing for Quick Judicial Action by Bush (Los Angeles Times, 11/07/02)
Los Angeles Times quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on concerns about judges with extreme views that threaten basic protections for the environment and public health."

Wins Put GOP In Control of Judicial Picks (Daily Journal [CA] , 11/07/02)
"The time-honored tradition of requiring consent from home-state senators would still be in place as a limit on appointment of extreme nominees from states who have senators that have not been consulted and do not agree with appointments," Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund, said.

Supreme Court decision limiting federal power over states will affect EPA (BNA, 05/30/02)
Glenn Sugameli of EarthJustice said that the decision "forecloses options" for private parties to seek relief against state actions, and accused the Court majority of "going where the Constitution does not" and "reaching for the result they want to reach" without regard for the text of the Constitution.

Federalist Society speech supports the case against Judge Smith (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 03/21/02)
Letter to the editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli about 3rd Circuit nominee Judge D. Brooks Smith's 1993 Federalist Society speech.

Biden, Jurist Face Day of Reckoning (Roll Call, 02/25/02)
Article quotes Community Rights Counsel's Doug Kendall and Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on opposition to 3rd Circuit nominee D. Brooks Smith.

Democrats make Environment a Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees (Inside EPA, 07/20/01)
Article quotes Executive Director of Earthjustice Buck Parker and Doug Kendall of Community Rights Counsel on the nominations of John Roberts and Miguel Estrada to the Federal Bench.

COURTS: Enviros call for tighter scrutiny with Bush's judge selections (Greenwire, 07/19/01)
A green group coalition including Earthjustice and Community Rights Counsel announced a campaign to monitor President Bush's judicial nominees based on their environmental records.