Obama Renominates His Picks for Federal Judgeships

With a new Congress sworn in Thursday, the President hopes his candidates will finally be confirmed.

By: Marisa M. Kashino

You can add filling 33 federal judgeships to the list of things the historically terrible 112th Congress failed to accomplish.

President Obama today renominated his picks for the positions, some of whom have been languishing without confirmation for more than six months, in the hopes that the 113th Congress will finally get the job done. In a statement, Obama said his nominees have been left waiting “even though they all enjoy bipartisan support.”

Among the most powerful available jobs are the vacancies on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. This is the court where Supreme Court justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas presided before they joined the high court.

The President’s picks for the open spots are Caitlin Halligan and Sri Srinivasan.

Halligan is the general counsel of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She also teaches at Columbia Law and was previously head of the appellate practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Srinivasan is one of the most highly regarded appellate lawyers in Washington. He currently serves as the principal deputy solicitor general of the United States. He was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.