AAJ has formed a new Judicial Task Force to complement the association’s ongoing activity with coalitions working to expedite the filling of federal judicial vacancies. AAJ’s coalition work will continue to ensure that your voice is represented when these groups communicate with members of Congress and the White House.
The Judicial Task Force is comprised of approximately 30 AAJ members representing each of the federal judicial circuits. The goals are to increase the number of pro-civil justice federal judges, increase the level of professional diversity of federal judicial nominees, identify nominees that may have an anti-civil justice bias, increase the number of trial lawyers serving on individual Senator's judicial selection committees, increase AAJ members’ participation with the ABA judicial selection committee, and to educate AAJ members promptly about judicial vacancies.
The task force met for the first time during AAJ’s Winter Convention in Miami, held Feb. 9-13. Discussion included an overview of the process of how judges are selected and reviewed prior to nomination.
During his first term in office, President Obama nominated four people to fill vacancies in the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, but none were confirmed. As you know, most federal agency decisions are appealed directly to the D.C. Circuit, so this court’s decisions have national implications.
You can assist the work of AAJ’s Judicial Task Force by notifying AAJ when you are aware of any vacancies and if you have strong potential nominees. If you have information, please contact our Director of Federal Relations, John Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.