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Senate Confirms Susan Carney

I am happy to report that we have a fact sheet on women in the federal judiciary that needs updating: Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Susan Carney, deputy general counsel of Yale University, to a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a bipartisan vote of 71-28. Nineteen Republican Senators voted in favor of her nomination, which was first made almost exactly a year ago. Despite the fact that there were 17 appellate court vacancies prior to her confirmation — and four other appellate court nominees ready for a vote — Carney is only the third circuit court nominee to be confirmed in 2011. She is the first woman ever to be confirmed to a Connecticut-based seat on the Second Circuit, and with her confirmation, four of the twelve active judges on the Second Circuit are women.

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.