Trump to nominate slate of conservative judges

Posted May 08, 2017

In describing her judicial philosophy on her campaign website, Justice Larsen wrote, "J$3 udges should interpret the laws according to what they say, not according to what the judges wish they would say". Judge Thapar's nomination has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and his confirmation should follow shortly.

Judge David Nye, a state court judge in Idaho, for the US District Court for Idaho - a position for which he previously had been nominated by President Obama.

Having filled a Supreme Court vacancy, President Donald Trump is turning his attention to the more than 120 openings on the lower federal courts. The nominees represent an impressive list of highly respected jurists, attorneys and legal thinkers. Especially when one looks at the names to be announced for appellate court vacancies, this is as strong a list of nominees as one could hope for.

President Trump is expected to announce his selection of at least five conservative nominees to federal appeals courts as early as Monday, building on his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. If they were sufficiently qualified to make his Supreme Court shortlist, they're clearly qualified for Circuit courts.

The Michigan Supreme Court has recently had a 5-2 majority of Republican nominees, but now has one vacancy.

While the appeals courts attract less public attention than the Supreme Court, judges who serve at that level play a significant role in shaping the law.

The announcement on Monday will include three other nominees for federal appeals courts: Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame and former law clerk to Scalia, to the 7th Circuit in Chicago; John K. Bush, a lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky, to the 6th Circuit; and Kevin C. Newsom, a lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama, who served as the state's solicitor general and as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter, to the 11th Circuit in Atlanta. Among other things, Schiff successfully argued Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The president also will appoint four judges to district court seats.