After voting to move forward on her nomination yesterday morning, the Senate scheduled an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – for April 28. That is, two weeks from Monday, after the Senate returns from its two-week recess.
This two-week delay came about because Senate Republicans refused to allow the vote to take place before Senators left town, even though the bipartisan procedural vote leaves little doubt that this outstanding nominee will imminently be confirmed to this important court.
Upon Ms. Friedland’s confirmation, the percentage of women on the Ninth Circuit will reach its highest level ever. What is more, she would become the 100th female Article III judge, and the 17th female Court of Appeals judge, to be confirmed during the Obama Administration.
While we still have a long way to go before the federal bench better resembles the diverse face of this nation, the confirmation of Michelle Friedland, even though we will have to wait for it, will be a step in the right direction.