Obama renews nomination of Jill Pryor for Eleventh Circuit post
4:33 pm, January 3rd, 2013
President Barack Obama today renominated Atlanta litigator Jill Pryor for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, along with 32 others whose nominations to federal judgeships had expired when the 112th Congress adjourned.
An American Bar Association committee was unanimous in giving Pryor, who graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Eleventh Circuit Judge J.L. Edmondson, a “well qualified” rating. But Georgia’s Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, stopped her nomination from proceeding, having told the White House early last year that they preferred Pryor and U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker for district court spots and Troutman Sanders partner Mark Cohen for the circuit opening created by the 2010 retirement of Stanley Birch Jr.
Edmondson took senior status in July, creating yet another Georgia-based circuit court opening.
There still are no nominees for the vacancies in the Northern District of Georgia. In January 2011, Obama nominated Walker and Natasha Perdew Silas, an attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, to fill the posts but withdrew both nominations at the end of 2011 after Chambliss and Isakson refused to lend their support to Silas.