Every day, federal judges protect the Constitution, place a check on overzealous legislatures, and help Americans find justice. AFJ’s Justice Program monitors and assesses federal judicial nominations to ensure our courts are staffed with highly qualified judges that will safeguard the rights of all, not just the wealthy and powerful.

During the Trump Administration, we have successfully worked to stop the appointments of several dangerous nominees, including Brett Talley, Jeff Mateer, Ryan Bounds, Gordon Giampietro and Thomas Farr. We have also galvanized the largest and most diverse coalition of progressive advocates in our history and energized millions of people to prioritize the courts.

Nomination, Confirmation, and Vacancy Reports

AFJ produces reports on the latest judicial vacancies, pending nominees, and confirmations.

Judicial Stat Overview


Trump Administration Confirmed Judges

2 in Supreme Court
51 in circuit courts
137 in district courts


Nominees to the Federal Bench

0 circuit court
21 district court


Federal Judicial Vacancies

2 in circuit courts
71 in district courts


Nominees Pending on the Floor