Why Has a Key Federal Judgeship in Wisconsin Been Vacant for 2,000 Days?


Central to the latest wrangling over a federal appeals court vacancy is one crucial fact: Wisconsin’s vacancy on the Seventh Circuit is the oldest circuit court vacancy in the entire country. It’s been empty since Judge Terence Evans stepped down in January 2010. That was 2,000 days ago. In that time, President Obama has successfully filled about 300 other judicial vacancies around the country, and the Seventh Circuit, working shorthanded and grappling with profoundly important issues like voting rights, the death penalty, marriage equality, and the Second Amendment, has had to decide more than 7,000 cases.

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Nan Aron

President, Alliance for Justice

Nan Aron

A leading voice in public interest law for over 30 years, Nan Aron is President of Alliance for Justice, a national association of over 100 public interest and civil rights organizations. Nan, who founded AFJ in 1979, guides the organization in its mission to ensure that all Americans have the right and opportunity to secure […]

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