Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
Washburn University School of Law, you have something to celebrate: a Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals judge (and now-former Kansas Supreme Court Justice). Other notable Washburn alums include former Senator and Presidential candidate Bob Dole and Fred Phelps, Pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church. Time to update the Wikipedia page, folks!
Justice Moritz, now Judge Moritz, fills a vacancy that's been around since then-Judge Deanell Tacha took senior status in 2011, shortly before taking over as Dean of Pepperdine Law School. With Moritz's ascension to the bench, the list of judicial vacancies grows even smaller, leaving only a few district-level spots in the Tenth Circuit, and a few circuit court seats elsewhere.
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Meet Your New Judge
What can be said about Judge Moritz that hasn't been said before (by us)? Not a whole lot, since we exhaustively covered Judge Moritz's resume last year when her nomination was announced. Here are a few highlights:
Any Seats at the Table?
Now that the filibuster has been nuked, the number of federal judicial vacancies has plummeted dramatically. Here in the Tenth Circuit, there are only a few district court seats left:
As for our nation's circuit courts of appeal, the vacancies are also dwindling:
That may seem like quite the list, but it still counts as progress. On January 1, 2014, there were 92 vacancies. The total now stands at 57, with 23 nominations pending.