TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 3, 2014

CNN legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin analyzes the judicial legacy President Barack Obama is leaving on the D.C circuit and federal courts around the country. Obama has had 280 judges confirmed, which represents about a third of the federal judiciary. Two of his choices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, were nominated to the Supreme Court; 53 were named to the circuit courts of appeals, 223 to the district courts, and two to the Court of International Trade. Obama’s judicial nominees look different from their predecessors, as well. Forty-two per cent of his judgeships have gone to women, compared to 22 per cent of George W. Bush’s judges and 29 per cent of Bill Clinton’s. Thirty-six per cent of President Obama’s judges have been minorities, compared with 18 cent for Bush and 24 percent for Clinton. Additionally, Obama has increased the number of openly gay judges to 10.