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Senate Approves Susan Carney for 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

By Tanya Roth, Esq. on June 01, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Last week, after nearly a year long confirmation process, Susan Carney of Connecticut was confirmed by a vote of 71 to 28, with one abstention, for a position as a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals judge, reports Thomson Reuters News & Insight.

Carney served as deputy general counsel at Yale University for twelve years, reports The Connecticut Mirror, and will now hear appeals from lower courts in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Carney began her career as a Law Clerk to Judge Levin H. Campbell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Subsequently, she moved to private practice and eventually, to Yale. At Yale, Carney handled a variety of matters including intellectual property matters, transactional work and international university affiliations, cites her response to the Senate Committee's questionnaire.

Some, though not many, are criticizing Carney's nomination to the bench, citing that she lacks the requisite experience. Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Grassley (R-IA) voiced his concerns over Carney's nomination, says The Mirror.

"The reason for the president's decision to nominate her remains somewhat of a mystery," Grassley said.

"She has never tried any case to verdict, judgment or final decision," he noted. "Her questionnaire reveals no litigation experience in the last 15 years."

Nevertheless, Grassley was not one of the twenty-eight to voted against her confirmation.

Carney's confirmation fills one of two vacant seats in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The 2nd Circuit has been understaffed by more than 15 percent, writes The Mirror. U.S. District Court Judge Christopher F. Droney has been nominated for the other judicial vacancy but there has been no date scheduled for his confirmation hearing.

In addition to her legal experience at Yale and in private practice, she also previously served as a lawyer in the Peace Corps.

Keep checking this blog for more updates on Judge Droney's confirmation hearings.

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