York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda today urged the U.S.
Senate to swiftly hold confirmation votes on 13 pending judicial nominees,
including three for federal courts in New York.
of the 13 nominees have been announced by the Senate Judiciary Committee. While
there is no known controversy surrounding the individual nominees, there have
been extensive and deliberate delays in scheduling confirmation votes by the
full Senate,” said Miranda.
confirmed, two of the nominees, LaShann DeArcy Hall and Ann Donnelly, would
fill vacancies in the Eastern District of New York that were created October 1,
2014 and May 5, 2015, respectively. In the Western District of New York,
Lawrence Vilardo has been nominated to a judgeship that has been vacant since
January 1, 2015. The three nominations were reported out of the Judiciary
Committee on June 4, 2015.
appreciate the efforts of Senator Charles E. Schumer to move these critical
nominations to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote,” Miranda said. “These delays undermine access to justice as well as the
New York, the vacancies have an especially significant impact as individuals
and corporations must wait longer to have their day in court. All four of the
state’s federal district courts are categorized as “congested courts,” meaning
that their caseload numbers exceed the average of those in the entire federal
delayed is justice denied. We urge swift confirmation of qualified nominees to
fill all vacancies in the federal courts to alleviate increased caseloads and
resulting delays for litigants,” Miranda said. “Now is an important time for
the Senate to act.”
74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar
association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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