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Friday, January 20, 2012

Senate Returns Next Week - Nominees on the Agenda

When the Senate returns from its recess next week, the Judiciary Committee will hold an Executive Business Meeting and a Nominations Hearing.

On Thursday morning, the committee will hold an Executive Business Meeting at which Republicans will most likely delay a vote on Paul Watford, who has been nominated to fill a judicial emergency vacancy on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Thursday afternoon, the committee will hold hearing on the nominations of Andrew David Hurwitz, also nominated to fill a seat on the Ninth Circuit, and of four district court nominees: Kristine Gerhard Baker, nominated to the Eastern District of Arkansas; John Z. Lee and John J. Tharp, both nominated to the Northern District of Illinois; and George Levi Russell III, nominated to the District of Maryland.

The seats Hurwitz, Lee, Tharp, and Russell would be filling have all been deemed emergency vacancies by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

With 103 current and future vacancies on the federal bench, the Senate needs to act quickly confirm all 37 pending nominees.

For the most accurate, up-to-date information on the judicial selection process, visit AFJ's Judicial Selection page.

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