Robin Rosenbaum
Robin Rosenbaum (J. Albert Diaz)

A confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum on her nomination to fill an appellate vacancy should take place in mid-February.

A quarter of the positions—four of 12—on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit are vacant.

Judge Ed Carnes, chief judge of the Atlanta-based appellate court, said recently that he will temporarily allow two visiting judges to sit on three-judge panels to hear appeals until some of the vacancies are filled.

Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for the Judiciary Committee, said Friday that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., filed a blue slip that allows Rosenbaum’s nomination to go forward. A slip is a parliamentary move required of a nominee’s home state senators to allow committee consideration.

Rubio last year had withheld a blue slip for two nominees, including Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas, who was in line for an opening on the federal bench in Fort Pierce.

The White House chose last month not to renominate Thomas, who would have become the first sitting gay black federal district judge.

Rosenbaum was nominated by President Obama on Nov. 7 for the appellate position. He renominated her Jan. 6 along with dozens of other judges. She would fill the seat vacated by Judge Rosemary Barkett, who retired in September.

Rosenbaum’s nomination continues her stellar rise on the bench. The former federal prosecutor was named a federal magistrate in 2007 and nominated to the district court bench by President Barack Obama in November 2011.

Rosenbaum, who sits in Fort Lauderdale, clerked for Eleventh Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus.