Published in Bloomberg Government
Project to Help Democratic President Pick Judges: Progressives are working on potential nominees for judicial vacancies if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2020. Alliance for Justice’s Building the Bench project is “designed to get a leg up on the process, so that we’re ready with names” for senators and the incoming president by the time he or she would take office, AFJ President Nan Aron said.
The project aims to counter Trump’s agenda of reshaping the federal judiciary. He’s appointed over 100 judges to lifetime positions, including two Supreme Court justices and dozens of district and circuit court appointments. Aron said she expects a number of judges eligible for senior status to either do that and step away from a full schedule or retire in 2021, adding to any vacancies.