Skip to contentNational Women's Law Center

Judicial Nominees

Senate Schedules Confirmation Vote on Michelle Friedland for April 28

After voting to move forward on her nomination yesterday morning, the Senate scheduled an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – for April 28. That is, two weeks from Monday, after the Senate returns from its two-week recess. 

This two-week delay came about because Senate Republicans refused to allow the vote to take place before Senators left town, even though the bipartisan procedural vote leaves little doubt that this outstanding nominee will imminently be confirmed to this important court. Read more »

Senate Votes to Move Forward on Nomination of Michelle Friedland

This morning, the Senate voted to allow a confirmation vote on the nomination of Michelle Friedland to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 56-41. The vote was bipartisan, with Senators Collins and Murkowski supporting the decision to move forward on the nomination. Read more »

Initial Vote Scheduled on Michelle Friedland, Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Reid began the process to hold a vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Friedland, an experienced appellate litigator who is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, is extremely well-qualified to serve on this important court. She graduated from Stanford University with distinction, studied at Oxford University as a Fulbright scholar, and was ranked second in her graduating class at Stanford Law School. After receiving her law degree, she clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she was a lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching courses on federal jurisdiction and environmental law, before joining her law firm. She has also served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to her exceptional legal credentials and experience, Ms. Friedland has been recognized for her thousands of hours of pro bono service, including representing same-sex couples in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to provide free legal services for low-income individuals. Read more »

Carolyn McHugh Confirmed to Tenth Circuit Today

Today, the Senate confirmed Carolyn McHugh to a Utah-based seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 98-0.  Following Judge McHugh’s confirmation, the number of active female judges on this court has doubled (to two), another milestone to celebrate during Women’s History Month.Read more »

Adegbile Nomination Advances to Full Senate

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Read more »

More Good News on Judges: Three Women Confirmed As First Women in Their Districts

Following the confirmations of Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard as the sixth and seventh women to sit on the D.C. Circuit this week, yesterday the Senate confirmed three women who will become the first female judges in their respective district courts: Elizabeth Wolford (Western District of New York); Landya McCafferty (District of New Hampshire); and Susan Watters (District of Montana). Read more »

Senate Confirms Nina Pillard Early This Morning

On the heels of the confirmation of Patricia Millett on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed law professor Cornelia (Nina) Pillard to the second vacant seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit early this morning.  Read more »

Confirmation Vote on Nomination of Patricia Millett to DC Circuit Today

Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first of the three exceptionally qualified individuals nominated to this important court back in June to receive an up-or-down vote before the full Senate. Read more »

Wilkins Cloture Vote Today

Today, the Senate will vote on whether the Honorable Robert Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will receive an up-or-down vote on his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Judge Wilkins is the third of three recent outstanding nominees to be considered by the full Senate. Both prior nominees—Patricia Millett and Professor Cornelia (“Nina”) Pillard—were filibustered.

Judge Wilkins is exceedingly well-qualified to serve on the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from Harvard Law School and then clerked for the Honorable Earl B. Gilliam of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Judge Wilkins subsequently joined D.C.’s Public Defender Service (“PDS”), widely considered one of the best in the country, where he served first as a staff attorney, and later as head of the Special Litigation division. Read more »

Cloture Filed on Judge Wilkins

Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid filed for cloture, requiring the Senate to vote on whether or not to give the Honorable Robert Wilkins for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the third out of three outstanding recent nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the District of Columbia Circuit, an up-or-down vote. This petition follows the filibuster of the two previous nominees: Patricia Millett, a nationally renowned appellate litigator with 32 Supreme Court arguments to her name, and Professor Cornelia (“Nina”) Pillard, who briefed the historic case resulting in gender integration at the Virginia Military Institute. Judge Wilkins is similarly brilliant and pathbreaking, having served with distinction on the bench, as a civic leader, a law firm partner, a public defender, and the lead plaintiff in a historic civil rights suit. Read more »