Law prof calls for action on judicial vacancies
2:01 pm, February 1st, 2013
A law professor at the University of Richmond writes today in The Hill’s Congress blog that U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell’s assumption of senior status in the Northern District of Georgia brings to 72 the number of vacant federal judgeships nationwide.
The openings make up more than 10 percent of the total 677 district judgeships and a quarter of the Northern District’s active judges, said Professor Carl Tobias. And he called on President Barack Obama to nominate and U.S. senators to confirm judges to fill the empty posts.