New leadership takes over this week in President Barack Obama's legal shop, and among the challenges facing incoming White House Counsel Robert Bauer is how to reinvigorate the administration's efforts to shape the federal judiciary. Liberal advocates are hoping Bauer will help speed up the pace of judicial nominations. Last year, only three circuit and nine district judges were confirmed, compared to six circuit and 22 district nominees confirmed in George W. Bush's first year.
Slow Going in Senate for DOJ, Judicial Nominees
The National Law Journal
January 5, 2010