Trump to Nominate State Supreme Court Judge Joan Larsen for Federal Judgeship

Posted May 08, 2017

President Trump's other appellate nominees are equally impressive: attorneys Kevin Newsom for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and John Bush for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and perhaps most notably Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Thapar had been in the mix for the Supreme Court vacancy, interviewing with Trump by phone before the president selected Gorsuch to fill the seat left vacant by Scalia's death past year.

It was the end of July in President Obama's first year in office before he had announced a dozen judicial nominees.

A senior White House official told the Times that Trump will announce new batches of nominees on a regular basis - there are 100 openings in the lower courts that Trump must fill.

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The officials requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss internal deliberations publicly. The official said Friday that the United States delegation will be much smaller than in recent years.

Justice Joan Larsen might give up her seat at the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, which would leave Governor Rick Snyder on the search to find a new state judge.

Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Don McGahn, arrive in the Capitol on the day the Senate voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice, April 7, 2017. She graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, served in President George W. Bush's Justice Department and taught at the University of Michigan Law School. The nominations include five appeals court seats, four district court seats, and a federal clams court seat.

Scott Palk, an assistant dean at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma - also previously nominated for the position by Obama.

Numerous appellate nominees to be announced Monday have deep ties to the conservative Federalist Society.