Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

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Nashville, TN 37219

Opinion: Find Compromise for Judicial Confirmation Process

Almost a month into the 114th Senate and the new Republican majority still doesn’t know what to do about filibusters of judicial nominations, according to Bloomberg News columnist Jonathan Bernstein. In an opinion piece republished in the Columbia Daily Herald, Berstein explains his idea of a compromise that would prevent blockades of nominations by the minority party, but would also give some check against easy confirmations.

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AG Nominee Picks Up GOP Support

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch picked up her first Republican endorsement Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, stated that Lynch was an “exceptionally well-qualified candidate and a very good person, to boot.” Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona also said they were likely to support her. Lynch needs only two Republican votes on the panel if all Democrats back her. From there, her nomination would move to the full Senate, where she also is likely to win approval. WRCB has more from the Associated Press.

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