President Trump Announces Third Wave of Federal Judicial Nominations…

[ Via White House ] President Donald J. Trump today announced his third wave of Federal judicial appointments. These appointments follow the successful nomination and confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States and the nomination of Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Specifically, the President today announced his nomination of these individuals to the following Federal judgeships.

♦ If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Amy Coney Barrett currently serves as the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Professor of Law at the Notre Dame University Law School. Professor Barrett teaches and researches in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation—publishing scholarship in leading legal journals, such as the Columbia, Virginia, and Texas Law Reviews. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Professor Barrett clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Following her clerkships, as an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., she litigated constitutional, criminal, and commercial cases in both trial and appellate courts. Professor Barrett has also served as a visiting associate professor and John M. Olin Fellow in Law at the George Washington University Law School, and as a visiting associate professor of law at the University of Virginia. Professor Barrett received her B.A. in English literature, magna cum laude, from Rhodes College, and her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Notre Dame University Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review.

♦ If confirmed, John K. Bush of Kentucky will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. John Bush is currently a partner in the Louisville office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Bush practices in complex litigation, including antitrust, securities, financial institutions, insurance, intellectual property, and product liability disputes. He has extensive litigation experience in state and Federal courts in many jurisdictions and in arbitration proceedings. Before joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Mr. Bush practiced law at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bush clerked for Judge J. Smith Henley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Bush received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

♦ If confirmed, Joan L. Larsen of Michigan will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Justice Joan Larsen currently serves as the 111th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Justice Larsen was appointed to the Court in 2015, and was then elected to that Court by the people of Michigan in 2016—winning every county in the state. Before assuming office, Justice Larsen served on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was also special counsel to the Dean. An award-winning legal scholar, Justice Larsen taught for more than a decade at the University of Michigan, where she received the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty, Justice Larsen clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Justice Larsen received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, from which she graduated first in her class and where she served as an Articles Editor on the Northwestern University Law Review.

♦ If confirmed, Kevin C. Newsom of Alabama will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Newsom is currently the chair of the appellate group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, resident in the firm’s Birmingham office. Before joining Bradley, Mr. Newsom served as the Solicitor General of Alabama, where he directed the State’s litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court. Mr. Newsom has argued four cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and has argued more than 35 cases in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, as well as in state supreme and appellate courts and a Native American tribal appellate court. In addition to this service, Chief Justice John Roberts has twice appointed Mr. Newsom to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, which advises the Judicial Conference of the United States concerning amendments and improvements in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Earlier in his career, Mr. Newsom clerked for Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Newsom received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Samford University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Harvard Law Review.

♦ If confirmed, David R. Stras will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Justice David Stras currently serves as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Stras was appointed to the Court in 2010. Before his appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Stras was a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, while also serving as counsel at the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson. Earlier in his career, Justice Stras clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and for Judge Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Justice Stras received his B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Kansas, his M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Criminal Procedure Edition of the Kansas Law Review.

♦ If confirmed, David C. Nye of Idaho will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. Judge David C. Nye currently serves as an Idaho trial court judge in Pocatello, Idaho. Judge Nye was appointed to the state trial court in 2007 and was reelected by the people of Idaho to that position in 2010 and 2014. Previously, Judge Nye was a partner at Merrill & Merrill, Chartered, in Pocatello, Idaho. Judge Nye received his B.A. and his J.D. from Brigham Young University.

♦ If confirmed, Scott L. Palk of Oklahoma will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Scott Palk currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Students and Assistant General Counsel at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma—a position he has held since 2011. Mr. Palk took this position after 19 years of public service as a state and Federal prosecutor, where he worked on death penalty, organized crime, and terrorism cases. Mr. Palk earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

♦ If confirmed, Damien M. Schiff of California will serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Damien Schiff is currently a Senior Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a non-profit legal organization based in Sacramento, California. Mr. Schiff has extensive experience litigating cases concerning a variety of Federal and state environmental and land-use issues, including Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a groundbreaking decision in which the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of landowners to challenge Clean Water Act compliance orders issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schiff clerked for Judge Victor J. Wolski of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Schiff received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2004.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Candidates

The President today announced his intent to nominate of these individuals to the following Federal judgeships.

♦ If confirmed, Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington, D.C., will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Dabney Friedrich has a lengthy career of distinguished public service. Most recently, Ms. Friedrich served as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission, where she established sentencing policies and practices for the Federal criminal justice system by promulgating guidelines for congressional review and recommending changes in criminal statutes. Prior to that service, Ms. Friedrich served as an Associate Counsel to the President during the George W. Bush Administration, as Chief Crime Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. Before holding those positions, Ms. Friedrich clerked for Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the District of Columbia District Court. Ms. Friedrich received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Trinity University, her Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a Senior Editor on the Yale Journal on Regulation.

♦ If confirmed, Terry F. Moorer of Alabama will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Judge Terry F. Moorer currently serves as a Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, a position he assumed in 2007. Before assuming his judgeship, Judge Moorer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Alabama, as a Command Judge Advocate in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and as an attorney in the Office of Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Judge Moorer earned his Associate of Arts from the Marion Military Institute, his B.A. from Huntington College, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama Farrah School of Law.

(White House Link)

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69 Responses to President Trump Announces Third Wave of Federal Judicial Nominations…

  1. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Good. Heard Spicer talking about these nominees today.

    Trump getting the job done. Again.

    Liked by 31 people

    • drdeb says:

      Taking care of business. That is MY President, Donald J. Trump.

      Liked by 6 people

    • farmhand1927 says:

      And there’s more good news….he has over 100 more federal judges he can appoint. Imagine an America where courts are ‘stacked’, finally, with judges that rule based on the Constitution and standing law rather than those that owe politically driven decisions to the president that appointed them. The more federal judges in place that actually know the law and truly take an oath to uphold it, the quicker we can MAGA.

      We have roadmaps for successful management of our country—our founding documents. What we’ve lacked is rule of law applied equally amongst every person with feet on this soil, a DOJ that presides over all law enforcement at every level to make sure law is applied as written, a President that uses the powers granted to him to enforce law and protect citizens and a judicial system that puts law ahead of all else and rules accordingly.

      These nominations advance the ball down the field for the America First home team. Now, Mitch McConnell, get these judges seated at your earliest convenience.

      Liked by 15 people

      • mireilleg says:

        It’s not going to happen. I hate bringing in a sour note to this discussion. But there are 19 states were conservative judges might not be confirmed. One such example is Minnesota with 2 democrat senators who have a veto power. The so called blue slip rule that Grassley said he will not break since “2003: A return of a negative blue slip by one or both home-state Senators does not prevent the committee from moving forward with the nomination — provided that the Administration has engaged in pre-nomination consultation with both of the home-state Senators.”

        We can be assured that they will fight like mad to prevent these judges appointments.

        Liked by 1 person

        • ok4ayl says:

          You can be assured that Mitch and Chuck Grassley will not say a word, and allow the Democrats to call the shots, its the Uni-Party protocol…….

          Liked by 1 person

        • Do Not Underestimate our President Trump. Without a doubt these judges have been vetted and already given the nod by those in the know.
          I trust Pres. Trump would NOT have nominated any of these judicial candidates if he had not prepared properly.


        • PoCoNoMo says:

          We should all pay attention to: is that senator up for ’18 re-election. Those will be the guys who feel that they’d better listen to the voices of their constituents…If a complaint is being made from that senators state, they’ll listen a lot more than if the complaint is made from out of their state.

          Liked by 1 person

      • MakeAmericaGreat says:



  2. Stringy theory says:

    We need to flood the federal judiciary with great judges who will respect our great Constitution.

    Liked by 25 people

  3. jmclever says:

    Wow! What a great group! Several having clerked for Scalia or current conservative justices. I pray they are quickly confirmed.

    Liked by 18 people

  4. Pam says:

    If you look at this guy’s twitter feed, you will get a small profile on all ten nominees.

    Liked by 8 people

  5. Susan in VA says:

    What about nominees for the Nineth Circuit? I am surprised that President Trump didn’t identify nominees for this most troublesome court. Almost all court actions to block his EOs have originated with the Nineth Circuit.

    Liked by 4 people

    • WSB says:

      Susan, these are nominations for open seats, not current ones. But there many be a way to break up the ninth. PDJT can encourage the Congress to break It up.

      Liked by 15 people

      • filia.aurea says:

        The Ninth Circus’ record provides verifiable justification for nullification of that Circuit in its current composition – backlog, delayed justice, failure to render lawful and constitutional judicial appeals in 8 out of every 10 cases before them.

        Liked by 3 people

        • mireilleg says:

          They might not succeed in nullifying it, but what you say makes a case for breaking it in 3 or 4 new districts. That would take care of it. But I won’t hold my breath.

          Liked by 2 people

        • G. Combs says:

          Actually all you need is to find someone who was hurt because of an unlawful ruling by the Ninth Circus. Then the lot of them can be tried and sentenced under the Section 242 of Title 18 — Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

          This needs to be done to ALL judges, mayors, law officers and other government officials acting under the Color of the Law to deprive US citizens of their rights.

          So yes AG Sessions and President Trump do have the tools to clean out the mess.

          This is from the US Department of Justice website (AG Sessions)


          Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

          For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

          The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any. </blockquote.

          Liked by 1 person

      • nuthinmuffin says:

        and they can

        Liked by 1 person

    • MK says:

      Citizens behind enemy lines left to our own devices.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Pam says:

    These ten appear to be highly qualified. Hopefully we will see them all confirmed very soon.

    Liked by 8 people

    • tellthetruth2016 says:

      How long will it take to confirm this many if I read we have over 100 judicial seats and 1 in N. Carolina that has been empty for 11 years ….


      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        This was from OAN last week I believe it was ……. My new “must watch” news station other than Lou Dobbs ……… With that said, No news anywhere beats Sundance at CTH for honesty, integrity and I always read it here FIRST before any others pick it up ……..

        Liked by 6 people

      • gymcy81 says:

        How long?
        Answer: imho, a much shorter period of time than if HC had been elected.


  7. WSB says:

    All I want to know is if these judges are originalists. And may God bless us all for their wisdom, love and loyalty to our Constitution.

    Liked by 7 people

    • M33 says:

      I agree.
      Contextualist are good, too.
      The “living document” crowd can go away entirely.

      Liked by 4 people

    • F104 says:

      What you need to know is whether they are Christians. The rest will take care of itself.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Summer says:

        Not Catholic, hopefully. The vast majority of Catholics are globalist commies. Just look at their Pope.


        • Dennis Leonard says:

          You need to keep your Catholic opinion to yourself.I am Catholic and I am neither a Globalist or a commie.And the Pope is over the top with his talking,but this has nothing to do with the laws of the Church.


      • Marc says:

        One can claim the title of “Christian” and still support abortion on demand, gay marriage, open borders, and all sorts of evil acts. Bush, Clinton, and Obama claimed to be Christian so it means nothing. Only their records count.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. kinthenorthwest says:

    Can’t wait until he over loads the west coast, especially after firing the idiot judges already on the west coast.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. yakmaster2 says:

    If I’m counting correctly, 3 of the nominees are for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Multiple Constitutional originalist judges on the same Court sounds good to me.😊

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Joe Knuckles says:

    Wait a minute! There was a Schiff in there. Who Schiffed in the punch bowl? I assume he’s no relation to our least favorite Dem congressman.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Mike diamondm says:

    Right on president trump!!!!! We need good judges!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. We’re not worthy! 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  13. FLEEVY says:

    Let freedom ring!

    Liked by 5 people

  14. xyzlatin says:

    One from Yale, two from Harvard, and the rest from around the country which means that Pres Trump is breaking up the Yale/Harvard nexus.

    Liked by 11 people

  15. Sylvia Avery says:

    These nominees look really good so far. That is excellent news! Wonder if the Senate will scurry to get them confirmed by the end of the year? Slow pokes.


    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      No filibuster for judicial nominees, courtesy of the Senate Democrats. That should speed things up a bit.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ok4ayl says:

        Research the Senate and “Blue Slip” Rule, not really a rule, but let’s just say a way to “FILIBUSTER” without having to go through the public awareness of said move….:)


  16. realcapedcrusader says:

    Of course the Demwits are already complaining about them, so they must be good. 🇺🇸


    • WVPatriot says:

      Make the Dem side of the uniparty as irrelevant as the Rino side AND very fake news. I am only interested in hearing about another failure — not interested in anything else.


  17. Here come da judge. Here come da judge.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Millwright says:

    I’m sure we’re gonna hear a ” litany of complaint ” from the pros and elitists ranging from color to gender to political affiliation for POTUS Trump’s selections . Personally, don’t give a damn about any of those complaints ! I just want judges empaneled that know – and follow – the law as its written ! If the public doesn’t like the law it puts the ball back in Congress’s court where it belongs ! I long ago grew tired of “activist” jurists and their “social justice” decisions !

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Maquis says:

    Can our Man pick a Team or what? Wow!

    Liked by 2 people

  20. luke says:

    This is great and I knew it would happen. I had a feeling these liberal activist judges that have taken an early stand against Trump would only strengthen his resolve to nominate more conservative members. Trump is a pragmatist and I believe if you work with him he’ll return in kind. Nevermind ideology, the key difference between conservative and liberal judges is that one group believes they are restricted by the powers set aside in the Constitution and the other does not.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. james23 says:

    Great picks, thank you President Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  22. georgiafl says:

    Heh-heh-heh!!! (rubs hands together)

    You GO, Mr. President!

    Please water down that leftist activist 9th Circuit!

    Liked by 3 people

  23. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    This is a nice judicial mix from a variety of backgrounds and law schools. A+

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Tonawanda says:

    It is impossible not to have disrespect and contempt for the nevertrumpers. Will, Goldberg, Kristol, Kasich, Cruz, many more, disgust me to this day.

    The judiciary was something all of these quislings were willing to hand over to Clinton. There was zero interpretation or ambiguity involved. Everyone knew the stakes.

    Liked by 9 people

  25. redlegleader68 says:

    For those interested, the description tells where these judges will be. Here’s your map:

    Liked by 3 people

  26. gary says:

    Is Trump going to appeal the 9th circuit cases?

    Is Trump waiting for another supreme court member to die or resign? So it’s 6 to 3 judges. Maybe Sessions is working hard to pick the right time, but I thought when the new Justice was appointed, he would take them to Highest Court.


    • StateSovereigntyNationalUnion says:

      T45 Adminstration appealed 2 injunctions relating to the revised executive order/travel ban:

      1) The 4COA hearing was yesterday in Richmond in front of an En Banc panel (13-judges with 2 recusals) arguing over the injuction issued by the Maryland Federal district court judge Chuang ordering a halt to the barring of visas from the 6 majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. Speculation is that (10 of the 15 judges are either Clinton or Obama appointees) the Administration will lose this hearing and immediately appeal to SCOTUS. If the Adminsistration were to win, it is also speculated that the ban could be longer than 90 days because it would uphold the President’s authority.

      2) The 9COA hearing is scheduled for May 15 in Seatlle in front of a 3 judge panel (all Clinton nominees) arguing over the injunction issued by the Hawaii Federal district court judge Watson on both the 90-day ban from 6 countries and the 120 day ban on all refugees. In February the 9COA declined to rehear a Seatlle judge’s ruling against the 1st executive order so it is generally believed the Administration will lose this 2nd appeal at the 9th circuit.

      The Adminstration would need to win both appeals for the travel ban to be back in place.

      From what I have read, it appears T45 is serious about taking the revised executive order to SCOTUS and confident in success due to changes they made between the 1st and 2nd orders (removing Iraq, allowing entry to green card holders and those already issued valid visas).

      Liked by 4 people

      • gary says:


        Thank you very much for taking the time to respond with such a masterful way.

        Now I can rest in peace, knowing stuff is happening behind the scenes and TRUMP/sessions is using all options to correct America’s Course from the Obama night-mare.


  27. carolinerh says:

    We will continue to pray for Trump and America and that these appointees be on their new benches very, very soon. Every day is a battle with the democrats/liberals/leftists/globalist evil elite communists but we will WIN!

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Two of the 10 judicial nominees that the White House unveiled Monday were on Trump’s short list of potential Supreme Court justices during the campaign: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who will be nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice David Stras, who sits on the Minnesota Supreme Court and is Trump’s pick to sit on the 8th Circuit.

    Minnesota and Michigan are represented by two Democratic senators. That gives Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, who hail from Minnesota, and Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters what amounts to veto authority over the nominees, who are already drawing objections from other Democrats.

    Democrats will retain the blue-slip leverage, at least for now. A broad swath of Senate Republicans is opposed to doing away with the tradition, even as GOP senators blew up the old filibuster rules for Supreme Court nominees while they shepherded Gorsuch through to confirmation earlier this year.

    This means is that Democrats in states with at least one Democrat senator can block judicial nominees from those states. So Democrats can block district court nominees from 19 states. Even worse than that, Democrats can also block appellate court nominees from the same states.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. At least four of the ten can be blue slipped by the Dems.


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