Plenty of influential lawyers are offering Barack Obama and John McCain advice on molding the federal judiciary with appointments. The potential number of judges the next president might appoint is impressive. Given the current Supreme Court justices' ages, as many as five could step down in the next four years. Appellate and trial courts may have 45 vacancies when the new president takes office, and a bill to create 50 new judgeships could give the next president about 100 openings to fill immediately.
Judicial Advisers Line Up Behind Obama, McCain
The National Law Journal
July 9, 2008