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The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission has been making recommendations to Wisconsin's United States senators since 1979.

According to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the president "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint" federal judges. The president also appoints United States attorneys. By tradition, the president defers to​ the recommendations of the home state's U.S. senators for these positions.

In 1979, Wisconsin's two United States senators, William Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson, established the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, a tradition that has continued to the present day. Democratic and Republican senators have used the commission for every federal judicial and U.S. attorney vacancy in the past 30 years, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

The Commission is currently seeking applications for the positions of United States Attorney, one for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and one for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Application materials will be due MARCH 15, 2017. 

The Commission will be calling for applicants for vacancies in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Eastern District Court at a later time.  Materials for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will be available on March 15, 2017, with a deadline for submission by April 29, 2017.  Materials for the Eastern District Court will be available on April 29, 2017 with a deadline of May 29, 2017.

Inquiries and correspondence regarding the Federal Nominating Commission should be directed to org lroys wisbar Lisa Roys, Public Affairs Director, State Bar of Wisconsin at (608) 250-6128.

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