Vacancy Rates for U.S. Appeals Court Judgeships Decline

Vacancies on U.S. courts of appeal have declined from 16 on Jan. 1, 2013, when President Obama was beginning his second term, to eight vacancies this week, Gavel Grab reports. Not since 1990 has the vacancy rate been so low, approaching 4 percent. Law Professor Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh said that part of the decline in vacancies is due to a change in Senate filibuster rules.