The Senate confirmed four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to federal appeals courts this week, bringing his total number of circuit court appointments to 21.
Two nominees to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, were confirmed on unanimous votes Monday, as they were selected in consultation with Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
Senators generally have special prerogatives for judicial vacancies arising in their states, and the 7th Circuit is based in Chicago.
“The unanimous, swift confirmations of Judges St. Eve and Scudder attest to the value of a collaborative selection process,” University of Richmond School of Law professor Carl Tobias told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“White House Counsel appeared to carefully consult home state Democratic Senators Durbin and Duckworth, who strongly supported the nominees.”
“Two experienced, mainstream individuals rapidly and smoothly joined the court and reduce its vacancies without the rancor and divisiveness that have attended other circuit nomination and confirmation processes,” he added.
Though neither nominee has a high profile in Washington, both are well thought of in conservative legal circles.
Scudder was a partner in the Chicago offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom concentrating in commercial litigation and white-collar crime.