Every day, federal judges uphold 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.

Over several decades, AFJ has worked tirelessly to secure confirmation of hundreds of highly qualified, fair-minded, and diverse federal judges. 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. Through our extensive networks in the legal, advocacy, legislative and academic communities, we mobilize demand for courts that uphold our core constitutional values.

Judicial Stat Overview


Trump Administration Confirmed Judges

3 in Supreme Court
53 in Circuit Courts
168 in District Courts
3 in U.S. Court of International Trade


Nominees to the Federal Bench

1 in Circuit Courts
27 in District Courts


Federal Judicial Vacancies

2 in Circuit Courts
49 in District Courts
1 in U.S. Court of International Trade


Nominees Pending on the Floor

6 in District Courts