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Trump’s Latest Appeals Court Nominees Would Cut the Vacancy Rate in Half

President Donald Trump has announced nominees for two of the four current vacancies on U.S. appeals courts, where the vacancy rate is already at a 35-year low.

Trump last week announced his intention to nominate Danielle J. Hunsaker of Oregon to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers most Western states.

The president also announced he will nominate William J. Nardini to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

The remaining vacancies include another seat on the 2nd Circuit and one on the 5th Circuit.

“The administration has really been on the ball when it comes to filling appeals court vacancies,” Thomas Jipping, deputy director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, said of the Aug. 28 announcements. “We have the fewest appeals court vacancies since 1984.”

Hunsaker, currently the presiding judge on the Washington County Circuit Court of Oregon, has been a judge since 2017. She was previously a partner at the law firm of Larkins, Vacura, Kayser LLP in Portland, Oregon, a practice that focused on federal appeals.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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