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Casey reportedly blocking Bibas nomination [updated] (CA3blog, 07/11/17)
UPDATE: After my post, Glenn Sugameli called my attention to the fact that the ABA has not rated Bibas yet.

THE COMING BATTLE OVER THE FILIBUSTER'S BLUE-HUED COUSIN (Ozy, 04/04/17)
Daniel Malloy: “It’s an important prerogative that each home-state senator, regardless of the president, really clings to, because it gives them control,” says Glenn Sugameli, an environmental attorney in Washington who tracks judicial nominations.

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 (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.”

Trump's Federal Judges in Pa. May Break With Centrist Tradition (Legal Intelligencer, 11/10/16)
P.J. D'Annunzio: "The real leverage the senators have is the blue slip," Tobias said. "You get embroiled in these long stalemates with the home senators, and there's just no incentive for that. The president would be crazy to fight that." And the blue slip tradition is one that is not likely be abandoned by the Senate, according to Glenn Sugameli, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who tracks judicial vacancies. "It's a matter of senatorial power and senators do not want to give up power," Sugameli said. He added that without the senators' blue slips, Trump's nominees would go nowhere. The only reason a president would make a nomination without expecting senatorial support would be to make a point, say over judicial vacancies, Sugameli said.

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 (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.

Friday round-up (SCOTUSBlog, 10/14/16)
Edith Roberts, Editor: • At The Progressive Pulse, Melissa Boughton reports that “there have been 638 editorials written by more than 300 editorial boards in every U.S. state urging the Senate to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.” [Judging the Environment's Editorial compilation]

More than 300 editorial boards across the nation have called for hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nomination (Progressive Pulse [NC], 10/13/16)
Melissa Boughton: "There have been 638 editorials written by more than 300 editorial boards in every U.S. state urging the Senate to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Veteran D.C. court watcher and environmental policy advocate Glenn Sugameli released a state-by-state compilation of excerpts and links to the editorials. Of the editorial boards included in calls for the Senate to act, 60 endorsed a Republican for President in 2008, 2012 or both.... Twenty-one of the editorials Sugameli provides links to are from North Carolina."

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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

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."

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 (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 (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 (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."

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 (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.

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."

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.

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 (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.

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."

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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.

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 (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.

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.

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.”"

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."

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."

Though Loud, Media Voices Haven't Cracked Garland Block (Law360, 04/25/16)
"Newspaper editorial boards have run over 500 editorials calling for the consideration of an Obama-appointed U.S. Supreme Court replacement since the bitter fight over the vacancy began .... From small-town papers to large metropolitan dailies, the media have deluged the public with calls to give a hearing or vote to a successor for Justice Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died in February. The campaign has picked up steam since President Barack Obama tapped Merrick Garland, the politically moderate chief judge of the D.C. Circuit, for the job in mid-March. According to research compiled by Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney and founder of the nonpartisan Judging the Environment project, the 519 editorials penned by 283 editorial boards comprise more than 90 percent of opinions on the matter."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (McClatchy newspapers, 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Sacramento Bee [CA] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Belleville News-Democrat [IL], 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Wichita Eagle [KS] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Myrtle Beach Sun News [SC] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Lexington Herald-Leader [KY], 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Charlotte Observer [NC] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (News Tribune [WA] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (The Olympian [WA], 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Fresno Bee [CA] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Bellingham Herald [WA] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Modesto Bee [CA], 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Centre Daily Times [State College, PA], 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Herald [Bradenton, FL] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Idaho Statesman, 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

Idaho and Washington state reflect big rift in Supreme Court fight (Tri-City Herald [WA] , 04/13/16)
"Glenn Sugameli, a Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney who tracks judicial nominees, said Wednesday that more than 500 newspaper editorials had urged the Senate to hold hearings."

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."

What They’re Saying – Environmental Organizations (The White House, 03/28/16)
Here’s why members of the environmental community, like the majority of Americans, support the President’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. ... "Defenders of Wildlife: “Judge Garland has nearly two decades of distinguished service on our second most important court, the D.C. Circuit. He is entitled to fair consideration, including a Senate Committee hearing and a full Senate vote on his nomination.”

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.

What Are Senate Republicans So Afraid of? (Huffington Post, 03/03/16)
Christopher Kang: "Maybe they are afraid of being confronted by the voices of their constituents, as 207 (and counting) newspaper editorial boards --including nine in Iowa--have opposed their position [Link to Judging the Environment website compilation of Editorials by state on Filling the Scalia Supreme Court vacancy]

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.

As Tillis flip-flops, nearly 200 editorials across the nation criticize Supreme Court blockade (Progressive Pulse [NC], 02/24/16)
"Veteran attorney Glenn Sugameli of the group Defenders of Wildlife has been keeping track of the newspaper editorials across the country that have spoken against the blockade of any Obama Supreme Court nominee. His findings are remarkable. As of yesterday, 191 editorials had weighed in against the absurd roadblock (i.e. the one that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis officially joined yesterday after previously saying he would do no such thing). Click here to see Sugameli’s comprehensive, state-by-state list and here to read the latest editorial on the subject from Raleigh’s News & Observer."

BREAKING -- Judge Abdul K. Kallon nominated to 11th Circuit (Southern District of Florida Blog, 02/11/16)
This is big news. The nomination comes out of Alabama to fill Judge Dubina's seat. This would be the first African American judge to serve on the 11th Circuit out of Alabama. ... (H/T Glenn Sugameli).

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 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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

[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."

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?"

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.

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.

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.”

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 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.”

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 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.

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.

New Miami Federal Judge Among 10 Gay Nominees (Daily Business Review [FL], 07/25/14)
John Pacenti:"Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, closely follows Obama's judicial nominees for the media. He said Rubio saw the writing on the wall when it came to Gayles."Notably, this was after Senator Rubio was condemned by Floridians and dozens of Florida editorials boards and commentators, he said."

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.

Landmark Senate Confirmation For Black, Openly Gay Miami Judge Darrin Gayles (Daily Business Review [FL], 06/17/14)
"Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, has taken on a watchdog role on Obama's judicial nominees. He said the vote on Gayles illustrates public discord over the need to fill a record number of judicial vacancies. "When Senator Rubio refused to even allow a committee hearing on the previous nomination of Judge William Thomas, it ignited major grassroots and media outrage," he said."

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"

Sen. Rubio issues blue slip for Judge Gayles (Southern District of Florida Blog, 03/25/14)
David Markus: "Via the Huffington Post (ht Glenn Sugameli):"

Senate committee delays vote for Texas appellate nominee (Dallas Morning News, 03/13/14)
Glenn Sugameli, an attorney for Defenders of Wildlife who also tracks judicial nominations, said he was surprised that neither Cornyn nor Cruz prodded the committee for a swift confirmation of Costa. He noted that last month, Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake did just that for six nominees. Arizona and Texas are among the states with designated emergency vacancies by the judicial branch.

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."

WATCH: Craven Politican Throws Public Servant Under Bus For Personal Ambition! (South Florida Lawyers, 01/31/14)
"It's really a shame to see someone's reputation get tanked just to curry support from a desired constituency in order to seek higher office. (h/t Glenn Sugameli [LINK TO JUDGING THE ENVIRONMENT webpage on Sen. Rubio & Judge William Thomas)] BTW, on the "merits," this is what judges do -- it's shameful, really"

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.

Obama's Federal Court Picks Clear Senate Hurdle (Recorder, 01/16/14)
Glenn Sugameli, an attorney who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife, said that under the old rules, nominees unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would typically receive votes on the floor before the next Senate recess, which in this case occurs next week, or on the first day of resumption of business. He said it will be interesting to see if nominees who have now received unanimous committee votes will face delay tactics such as requests for the full two hours of debate on the Senate floor. Sugameli said he thought it was a good sign for Owens that only Grassley criticized his nomination, while other committee members such as Mike Lee of Utah held their tongues. "He's certainly not shy about speaking his mind, and he's from a neighboring state," Sugameli said. "Sometimes silence speaks volumes."

11th Circuit Judge Dubina has taken senior status (Southern District of Florida Blog, 11/07/13)
David Markus: "It became official on his birthday October 26. (h/t Glenn Sugameli)."

Owens Cruises Through Senate Judiciary Hearing (Recorder, 10/30/13)
Scott Graham: "Neither Crapo nor Risch submitted testimony for Wednesday's hearing, which Glenn Sugameli, an attorney who tracks judicial nominations for Defenders of Wildlife, took as a promising sign for Owens. University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias agreed."

Daniel Snyder's Best Possible Answer to Critics of the Redskins' Name: The owner could use this opportunity to talk about real reform when it comes to Native American issues. (Atlantic, 10/17/13)
Andrew Cohen column: "Why aren't we talking more about Arvo Mikkanen [links to Judging hte Environment website's page] ? Did you know that President Barack Obama nominated this lawyer, a Native American and member of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma, for a spot on the bench two years ago? Did you know that Mikkanen, a Yale Law School graduate and former tribal judge, never even received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee or a public explanation for why such a hearing never occurred? Where was the national debate back then when Oklahoma's federal lawmakers simply vanished the nominee?"

Justice Watch: Legal Community Puts Pressure On Rubio To Stop Blocking Judge (Daily Business Review [FL], 09/27/13)
John Pacenti: "Glenn Sugameli, a senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, closely follows Republican stalling on Obama's judicial nominees. He said Rubio's opposition to Thomas is puzzling since he voted this month to unanimously approve the nomination of Todd Hughes as the first openly gay appeals judge. "Now that prosecutors in both of the cases Sen. Rubio cited have dispelled concerns, it is time for the senator to meet with Judge Thomas again and allow a hearing where the nominee can explain and answer questions," he said. Sugameli said there is a racial and gender pattern to the nominees targeted by Republicans. "If you look at who Republican senators have blocked, it has been overwhelmingly minorities and women," he said."

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.”"

Will Thomas update (Southern District of Florida Blog, 09/24/13)
David Markus: "Sen. Rubio is under more fire for his recent decision to block Judge Thomas. The NY Times is covering the story, and Fred Grimm has this excellent editorial in the Herald. Here's the conclusion, which rebuts Rubio's argument about the sentence in the leaving the scene of the accident case ... if you want to read any of the letters referenced in the Grimm article, you can access them at Glenn Sugameli's website." [Link to JudgingtheEnvironment.org]

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.”"

Spat between California and Idaho politicians could endanger 9th Circuit nominee: Senators from the two states call dibs on Stephen Trott's former circuit seat (Daily Journal [CA] , 08/05/13)
John Roemer: "Glenn Sugameli, a veteran Washington, D.C. attorney who is an authority on judicial selections, said, "This dispute needs to be resolved, and quickly, for the good of our judicial system and for the litigants who come before the 9th Circuit. The idea that a seat changes states when a judge moves would be rejected by any senator from the original home state, and based on history, population or caseload the Trott seat should be based in California." He noted that Smith occupies Idaho's original seat, fulfilling a statute that guarantees every state at least one circuit judge."

Sen. Nelson issues blue slip for William Thomas, but Sen. Rubio still holding out (Southern District of Florida Blog, 07/26/13)
David Oscar Markus: "HT: Glenn Sugameli, who has all the info on Judge Thomas at his website [link]."

Federal JNC to interview for two open judicial seats, not just one  (Southern District of Florida Blog, 07/18/13)
David Oscar Markus: " it's time for William Thomas to be confirmed to the federal bench. This is just getting absurd already (his nomination has been pending 263 days) ... Judge Thomas is one of the most respected state court judges that we have. It's not right that he's been waiting so long....Glenn Sugameli always has the scoop on this stuff, and is tracking the lengthy delay for Judge Thomas, which will hopefully end soon."

Judge William Thomas officially nominated to District Court  (Southern District of Florida Blog, 11/14/12)
David Oscar Markus: This is great news and fast. Let's hope that this is how it's going to be in the President's second term. Here is President Obama's press release: ... HT: Glenn Sugameli

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.”

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.

Robin Rosenbaum confirmed by Senate as U.S. district judge (Daily Business Review [FL], 06/27/12)
Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney for Judging the Environment, a project of Defenders of Wildlife, has been keeping track of the political theater over federal judicial nominations. "If she had been nominated by any other president, the Senate would have confirmed her long ago," Sugameli said. "Senate Republicans' across-the-board obstruction, delay and blockades of even the most noncontroversial judicial nominees has become so reflexive and irrational that she and those who rely on courts in the Southern District of Florida are actually fortunate that she was belatedly confirmed."

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."

Judge Jordan answers questions at the Bankers Club  (Southern District of Florida Blog, 05/09/12)
David Oscar Markus: "there is a fight brewing over President Obama's most recent nomination to the 11th Circuit -- Jill Pryor. From the AJC: ... Glenn Sugameli calls out the senators: 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."

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.

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."

(Updated) Kayatta appears set for judiciary committee vote (Portland Press Herald [ME] , 03/29/12)
"(Updated as of 3:55 p.m.: Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with the Judging the Environment project on judicial nominations, says that history shows that a non-controversial nominee still can be confirmed into the fall before an election. That would bode well for Kayatta if his confirmation vote doesn't come this spring, because he has the support of Maine GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.)"

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."

Law: Time for Boozman to speed up judicial nominee  (Arkansas Times, 03/06/12)
Max Brantley: "wrote Glenn Sugameli this morning. He tracks federal judicial appointments for Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife. I wondered what he thought about the chances that the unprecedented Republican slowdown of federal judicial confirmations might imperil the committee-approved Senate confirmation of Kris Baker to a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Arkansas Good question, said Sugamelli, who provided a wealth of information. It mostly indicates a historic reluctance by the Senate to filibuster routine nominations."

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 Jordan confirmed 94-5!  (Southern District of Florida Blog, 02/15/12)
David Oscar Markus: "Congratulations to the judge and his family. What a great addition to the 11th Circuit. He will be missed on the trial bench... Glenn Sugameli has all of the scoop here, here, and here. [links]

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"

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 (Westborough [MA] News, 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 (Weston [MA] Town Crier, 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 (Sudbury [MA] Town Crier, 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 (Marlborough [MA] Enterprise, 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 (Shrewsbury [MA] Chronicle , 01/12/12)
Glenn Sugameli Letter to the Editor

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

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."

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

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 (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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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 (Sacramento Bee [CA] , 12/16/11)
Los Angeles Times article quoting Glenn Sugameli, an attorney and judicial analyst for Defenders of Wildlife.

This Week on JudicialNominations.org (American Constitution Society Blog, 12/16/11)
"Continuing criticism of the Senate’s recent filibusters has come from ... numerous editorial boards" [linking to Judging the Enironment wbsite's compilation].

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.

Obama judicial nominee Morgan Christen confirmed, at last: After a 202-day delay, the Senate confirms Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. (Los Angeles Times, 12/16/11)
"After inexcusable, unexplained Republican refusals to allow a vote, the Senate finally confirmed Morgan Christen" months after her unanimous approval by the committee and the bipartisan backing of her home-state senators, said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney and judicial analyst for Defenders of Wildlife.

Senate Ends Stall, Confirms Appeals Court Judge  (Gavel Grab [Justice at Stake blog], 12/16/11)
Peter Hardin: "Glenn Sugameli, an attorney and judicial analyst for Defenders of Wildlife, said Justice Christen’s vote finally came months after the committee had given its unanimous approval, and she had bipartisan backing from Alaska’s senators; but there were “inexcusable, unexplained Republican refusals to allow a vote.”"

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

List of Favorable Editorials and Commentary on Arvo Mikkanen’s Federal Court Nomination (Turtle Talk blog: Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law, 11/29/11)
Here [Link to Judging the Environment website] thanks to Glenn Sugameli.

October is banner month for judge confirmations (Reuters, 11/01/11)
"the president must push through more than 80 nominees before the end of his term to catch up to his predecessor. The Senate's work is far from over. There are currently 22 nominees awaiting confirmation on the Senate floor, and the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday is scheduled to vote on five more nominees. Nominees often stall as they await a vote by the full Senate, with votes taking an average of more than 100 days after judiciary committee approval, according to White House statistics. "They are not making it to the floor -- which is what matters," said Glenn Sugameli, a lawyer with the left-leaning Defenders of Wildlife who tracks judicial nominations."

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.

‘Emergency' Ga. judge nominees stalled in Senate slog (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 10/13/11)
Sens. "Chambliss and Isakson wrote a joint op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in May 2005 in which they argued for swift consideration for Bush's nominees. Republicans were then in the midst of a push to change Senate rules that ended when Democrats agreed to limit their filibusters of nominees. “Not only does the Constitution require an up-or-down vote, denial of an up-or-down vote goes against basic principles of fairness,” they wrote. "... the Senate must give each nominee a fair, up-or-down vote to fulfill its constitutional duty.” Glenn Sugameli, who closely tracks judicial nominations for the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, cited the op-ed in charging the senators with hypocrisy. “They’ve said that [nominees deserve a vote] over and over again,” Sugameli said of Georgia’s two senators. “Well, to my knowledge, the Constitution hasn’t changed. It seems what’s happening is a change of their position that’s all about partisan politics and a Democratic president, not a Republican one."”

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."”

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.”

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. (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.”

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.

Votes scheduled on judicial nominees  (Arkansas Times, 09/27/11)
Max Brantley: "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. He sent me a copy of a notice to senators about the coming calendar. It indicates that her confirmation has been set for a vote some time after Oct. 11, along with several others nominees. Hickey enjoyed support from both Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas. Sugameli said 17 other nominations remain in limbo, however, despite unanimous Senate committee approval."

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.”

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Wausau Daily Herald [WI] , 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Fond du Lac Reporter [WI] , 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Green Bay Press Gazette [WI], 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Sheboygan Press [WI] , 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli: "I am writing regarding Corrado Cirillo's Aug. 29 letter, "No input from Johnson on judicial nomination" that unjustifiably attacks the editorial in The Sheboygan Press, "Judicial nominee deserves a vote." The editorial said Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was wrong to hold up the nomination of Victoria Nourse to the federal appeals court that serves Wisconsin." First, freshmen Republican senators from five states support all 10 of the other judicial re-nominees whom President Obama first submitted before they were elected. Johnson is alone both in opposing his state's re-nominees, and in preventing the Senate from even considering them. Second, those urging Johnson to drop his hold include a bipartisan group of 53 prominent law professors and Kevin Binversie, who was a Ron Johnson for Senate research director. Third, Johnson is also blocking Louis Butler, who was originally nominated to the district (trial) court in September 2009. The Senate would have confirmed Butler long before Johnson was elected, save for unprecedented threats to filibuster district court nominees that were repudiated and abandoned months ago."

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Oshkosh Northwestern [WI] , 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Stevens Point Journal [WI], 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Manitowac Herald Times Reporter [WI], 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Marshfield News Herald [WI], 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Letters: Judicial nominees had widespread support (Post-Crescent [WI] , 09/14/11)
Glenn Sugameli Letter

Glenn Sugameli: Johnson is only freshman GOP senator blocking own state’s judicial nominees (Cap Times [WI], 08/10/11)
" Your recent editorial, “Ron Johnson represents Alabama better than Wisconsin,” aptly compares obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees by Republican U.S. Sens. Johnson of Wisconsin and Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Johnson’s extremism, however, is worse than implied by the editorial’s comparison to “Sessions and his allies from the states of the old Confederacy.” In general, GOP senators from those states have strongly supported Obama’s Circuit Court of Appeals and district court nominees from their home states. For example, Mississippi’s GOP senators repeatedly pressured Senate leaders and publicly denounced lengthy delays to confirm James E. Graves Jr. (5th Circuit) and Carlton Reeves (district court). North Carolina senators’ bipartisan pressure secured delayed approvals of their state’s district court and two 4th Circuit nominees, James Wynn and Albert Diaz. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s speech urging a floor vote led to Jane Stranch’s 6th Circuit confirmation. In January, President Obama resubmitted 12 nominees for judgeships from six states with freshmen Republican senators. Not only is Johnson the only one who has not supported his state’s nominees, he is preventing the Senate from even considering both Victoria Nourse (7th Circuit) and Louis Butler (Western District of Wisconsin)."

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.

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."

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."

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.”

Kan. senators block former AG's appeals court bid (Associated Press, 07/28/11)
""Kansas senators' continued failures to say why they oppose Steve Six's nomination, in the face of many Kansas editorial boards urging them to explain, strongly suggests that the senators' motives are unjustified and cannot stand the light of day," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney for Judging the Environment who has been monitoring Six's nomination."

Senator Leahy Speaks Out on Behalf of Stalled SD FL Judicial Nominations  (South Florida Lawyers, 07/26/11)
"Chief Judge Moreno has started writing letters in hopes of getting Kathy Williams and Bob Scola confirmed as judges sometime this century. And Glenn Sugameli, a DC wonk who has done great work on this issue, passed along this floor statement by Senator Leahy in which the Senator quotes Judge Moreno's letter and highlights the larger context in which very qualified nominees are being held up for no good reason:... "Both of these nominees have the support of their home State Senators— Senator NELSON, a Democrat, and Senator RUBIO, a Republican. The two Senators have set aside partisan actions, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has set aside partisan actions by voting for the nominees unanimously. Why should they be held up because of partisan actions on this floor?" Good question -- anyone have an answer?"

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."

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 (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

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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

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)."

Obama nominees blocked (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 09/09/10)
"Senate Republicans continue unprecedented across-the-board denials of floor votes to more than 20 judicial nominees, including California and other nominees whom the Judiciary Committee approved without dissent months ago." {Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor)

GOP stalling on judicial nominees (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 09/07/10)
"After an Aug. 4 Public Policy Polling survey showed North Carolina voters overwhelmingly (58 percent to 16 percent) supported prompt votes on Judges Albert Diaz and James Wynn, senators finally confirmed Wynn by unanimous consent. Diaz, however, remains in limbo, along with many others who were approved in committee without dissent months ago. Senate Republicans continue unprecedented denials of floor votes to more than 20 judicial nominees." Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

GOP stonewalling president's worthy judicial nominees (Republican-American [CT] , 09/03/10)
"First, it only takes one senator to deny a vote on a judicial nomination or to force a nomination's return to the White House. as happened with Judge Chatigny. Because holds can be secret, all we know is one or more Republicans refused the unanimous consent required for an up-and-down floor vote. Second, Senate Republicans continue unprecedented across-the-board blockages, regardless of the merits, of judicial nominees." Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

Burr should pressure GOP not to block N.C. judges (Asheville Citizen-Times [NC] , 09/01/10)
"Senate Republican holds (threatened filibusters) continue to freeze judicial nominees. These include Diaz, whom the Judiciary Committee approved (19-0) the same day as Wynn more than six months ago; and N.C. federal district court nominee Catherine Eagles (also approved in committee without dissent months ago). Sen. Burr is unable or unwilling to convince his fellow Republicans to allow votes on Diaz and Eagles." Glenn Sugameli, Letter to the Editor

GOP blockage (Wichita Eagle [KS] , 08/31/10)
"Senate Republicans continue unprecedented across-the-board blockages, regardless of the merits, of judicial nominees. They will not allow the Senate to vote on more than 20 judicial nominees who were approved in committee, including many endorsed without dissent months ago. Federal judicial vacancies have risen to more than 100." [Glenn Sugameli. Letter to the Editor]

Judicial Nominees Still Being Blocked (Pilot [So Pines, NC] , 08/30/10)
"You aptly described “the virtual freeze that Republicans have imposed on judges and others nominated by President Obama” and how GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell blocked floor votes on nominations of North Carolina judges Albert Diaz and Jim Wynn to the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. After an Aug. 4 Public Policy Polling survey showed North Carolina voters overwhelmingly (58 percent to 16 percent) supported prompt votes on Diaz and Wynn, senators finally confirmed Judge Wynn by unanimous consent. [Sen. Richard Burr is unable or unwilling to convince his Republican colleagues to allow floor votes on Diaz and Eagles." Glenn Sugameli published Letter to the Editor

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.”

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."

Secret Holds Block Non-Controversial Federal Judicial Nominees (A plain blog about politics, 06/22/10)
Posted comment by Judging the Enviroment's Glenn Sugameli on "Logjam Eased": "Thanks for the timely posting. Unfortunately, however, today’s Senate deal did not, as you report, fill “three vacancies on the DC Circuit.” The Senatus blog list that you link to only includes three judges for the local court--the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. What does not happen can be vital, as in Sherlock Holmes’ dog that did not bark. The most telling thing about the Senate agreement to confirm 60 nominees today is the fact that it did not include any nominees to fill lifetime seats on the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit or any of the100 federal appellate and district court vacancies. (US Courts website). The three federal district judges that you note were confirmed yesterday hardly made a dent. 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."

Secret Holds Continue to Block Non-Controversial Federal Judicial Nominees (Legal Times, 06/22/10)
Posted comment by Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli on "Senate Confirms a Herd of Nominees": "What does not happen can be vital, as in Sherlock Holmes’ dog that did not bark. The most telling thing about the Senate agreement to confirm 60 nominees today is the fact that it did not include any nominees to fill 100 federal appellate and district court vacancies. (US Courts website). 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. For more information, 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. "