At a critical moment for President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed law professor Christopher Schroeder to a top policy position that advises on nominees.

Schroeder won confirmation on a 72-24 vote to be assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy. The office helps the White House to vet and win confirmation of nominees for district and circuit court vacancies. Also, it has historically advised presidents on shepherding Supreme Court picks through the Senate.

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