Younger Judicial Nominees Give Trump Chance for Legacy in Courts

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

The White House today will announce ten of President Trump's nominees for the federal courts, making a faster move on changing the face of the judiciary than any new president in the past quarter century, reports BuzzFeed News.

President Donald Trump on Monday will name 10 conservative judges to fill federal court vacancies.

Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at his memorial service at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2016.

Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Larsen is a former MI law professor who's now a justice on the state Supreme Court. "She deserves the nomination to the Sixth Circuit federal bench and I encourage the U.S. Senate to confirm her for that position as soon as possible". This month, in fact, two separate federal courts of appeal will hear challenges to President Trump's revised Muslim travel ban - challenges that nearly certainly will arrive before the Justices.

Democrats accused Mr. Trump of pandering to conservatives on his first slate of lower-court nominees instead of seeking input from progressives about potential candidates.

She was a University of Michigan law professor when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her to the Michigan Supreme Court in 2015.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said each nominee was chosen "for their deep knowledge of the law" and commitment to the Constitution.

Though he admires this wave of judicial nominees, he cautioned that conservatives should not expect an immediate windfall. But judges of the lower courts also address disputed questions of fact and law each and every day, questions the High Court may not answer for years-if ever. He has been nominated to the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. One of those nominated by Bush on May 9, 2001, was Miguel Estrada, considered at the time a potential future Supreme Court nominee.

For the Western District of Oklahoma, Trump nominated Scott Palk, an assistant dean at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

"President Trump, and those whom he has chosen to serve in his administration, like Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are proving in spades that they understand this issue, and that it is a top priority for them", Blackwell concluded. From 1990 to 2007, Moorer served as an assistant USA attorney in the district.

But instead of sending my accolade to a competing publication, I'll reveal it here: Donald Trump has done a good job of selecting qualified federal judges, including his first nominee to the U.S.

NOMINATED TO: U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama. Two of the district court nominees will be formally nominated in the near future. Republicans are hoping Trump will right that balance.

NOMINATED TO: 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Several other out-of-state federal judges have also been called in to help cover Idaho's federal court caseload until a new judge is appointed.

But one area where these nominations can have a huge impact is the federal courts.

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