I know some of you (most of you?) braved the rain and were at Brett Barfield's spectacular FBA Federal Judicial Reception this evening at the Hyatt downtown.
(To those of you who wondered in from the the adjacent Cosmetic Surgery Convention, yes this is what South Florida judges and lawyers really look like.)
It was a great event, filled with much #humblebrag but also genuine camaraderie and good cheer -- if you missed it, it was truly your loss. There is no better way to feel connected and part of a real community of active, involved, caring judges and lawyers than attending this event.
Judge Jordan of course was there, connecting and relating to the lawyers and judges around him.
Meanwhile, the interminable gridlock in DC that has caught up this once-in-a-lifetime bipartisan consensus nominee for the 11th Circuit drew special attention from Senator Leahy, as passed on by the always in-the-know Glenn Sugameli:
Senate Republicans continue to block even judicial nominations with home state support from Republican Senators. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida both introduced Judge Adalberto Jordan of Florida to the Judiciary Committee when we held his confirmation hearing last September for his nomination to fill a judicial emergency vacancy on the Eleventh Circuit, and both strongly support his nomination.Is there any reason for Republicans to continue to hold up this confirmation?
Judge Jordan is an experienced jurist who has served as a judge for the Southern District of Florida since 1999. If confirmed, Judge Jordan will be the first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Eleventh Circuit, which covers Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Jordan immigrated to the United States at age six, going on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Miami law school. After law school, he clerked for Judge Thomas A. Clark on the Eleventh Circuit, the court to which he is now nomination, and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a President Reagan appointee to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Jordan has been a prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida, serving as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Appellate Division. Judge Jordan has been a professor, since 1990 teaching at his alma mater, the University of Miami School of Law, as well as the Florida International University College of Law. It is no suprrise that the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary unanimously rated Judge Jordan “well qualified” to serve on the Eleventh Circuit, the highest possible rating from its non-partisan peer review. It is also no surprise that his nomination was reported unanimously by the Judiciary Committee nearly four months ago. The surprise is that Senate Republicans continue to stall action on this nomination for no good reason.
Judge Jordan is the kind of consensus judicial nominee that should be welcomed as one of the many examples of President Obama reaching out to work with Republican and Democratic home state senators and the kind of superbly qualified nominee we should all encourage to serve on the distinguished bench of Federal appeals court judges. In the past the Senate would have voted on his nomination within days or weeks of its being reported unanimously by the Judiciary Committee. Yet Republicans refused to consent to a vote on Judge Jordan’s nomination before the end of the last session and it has been stalled on the Senate Calenadar for nearly four months. When we finally do vote on Judge Jordan’s nomination I am certain he will be confirmed with broad bipartisan support, perhaps unanimously. There is no good reason the Senate is not voting to confirm Judge Jordan today.
Sug reports that finally, on Monday, February 13, 2012:
- the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #437, the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees .
- Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Jordan nomination