U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During President Obama's First Five Years: Comparative Analysis With Recent Presidents [January 24, 2014] [open pdf - 399KB]
"The selection and confirmation process for U.S. circuit and district court judges is of continuing interest to Congress. […] Senate debates over judicial nominations have focused on issues such as the relative degree of success of President Barack Obama's nominees in gaining Senate confirmation compared with other […] Presidents, as well as the relative prevalence of vacant judgeships compared to years past, and the effect of delayed judicial appointments on judicial vacancy levels. This report addresses these issues, and others, by providing a statistical analysis of nominations to U.S. circuit and district court judgeships during the first five years of President Obama's time in office and that of his three [previous] two-term predecessors."
CRS Report for Congress, R43369