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, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
The Commission is currently seeking applicants for vacancies in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Application instructions can be accessed below. Materials are due by noon April 29th. Materials for the Eastern District Court will be available on April 29, 2017 with a deadline of May 30, 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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