Judge Hamilton has a long and impressive record of service and a history of handing down fair and judicious decisions. He will be a thoughtful and distinguished addition to the Seventh Circuit and I am extremely pleased to put him forward to serve the people of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
The first of Obama's federal judicial nominations has been broadly viewed as the first step in likely expansive civil rights reforms [WH materials]. In addition to the 15 circuit court vacancies, there are 52 vacancies in federal district courts for a total of 67. A number of these vacancies have opened in previously predominantly conservative circuits, including 11 in the Fourth Circuit and .
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