Law360's Guide To Biden's Judicial Picks

By Andrew Kragie (April 16, 2021, 9:31 PM EDT) -- UPDATED May 26, 2022 | President Joe Biden aims to reshape the judiciary after Republicans spent four years rapidly confirming President Donald Trump's nominees to 234 lifetime seats on the federal bench.

Biden took office with the fewest judicial vacancies for a new president since 1989, although a string of retirements announced since Inauguration Day has greatly increased the number of nominations Biden can make.

Appointment Scorecard U.S. Circuit Judges 23

vacancies*

11

nominees

16

confirmed judges

U.S. District Judges 91

vacancies*

19

nominees

49

confirmed judges

*includes both current and announced vacancies

Trump named 54 circuit judges who were generally younger...

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