Judge O’Malley to be Confirmed to Federal Circuit

Judge Kathleen O’Malley is finally expected to be confirmed today by the full Senate to a seat on the Federal Circuit.  As part of a deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), many judicial nominees that have been languishing will receive confirmation votes.  Most will be confirmed without opposition in exchange for Democrats not bringing some of the most controversial nominations to the floor.

Judge O’Malley was nominated to the Federal Circuit in March and unanimously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in September.  She will be the first judge on the court with previous experience as a district court judge.  She also brings some experience with patents and other intellectual property matters to the court.

Judge O’Malley is expected to be confirmed by the lame duck Senate without opposition.  She will bring the court’s active membership to 10 with two other nominations pending.  Edward DuMont was nominated by President Obama in April and Jimmie Reyna in September.  Neither has received a hearing before the Judiciary Committee.  These nominations will expire with the end of the 111th Congress; neither nomination should be controversial and both are expected to be renominated for the new Congress next year.

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6 Responses to “Judge O’Malley to be Confirmed to Federal Circuit”

  1. Judge Kathleen O'Malley Finally Confirmed by Senate for CAFC | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law Says:

    […] Judge O’Malley to be Confirmed to Federal Circuit […]

  2. General Global Week in Review 27 December 2010 from IP Think Tank Says:

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  3. Cindy Says:

    Judge Kathleen O’Malley Is An unfair Judge! People need to take a look at her in the courthouse and see how she is! Moves are being made not becasue who she is but who her husband is!

  4. DuMont and Reyna Renominated to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    […] Renominated to Federal Circuit By Matt Osenga The Senate confirmed 19 Federal judges in its lame duck session, including Judge O’Malley to the Federal Circuit.  There were 19 other nominees confirmed by […]

  5. Jimmie Reyna to Finally Get Confirmation Hearing « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    […] last year.  She sailed through a confirmation hearing on July 28, but was not confirmed until December 22 as part of a lame duck session compromise.  While the hearing is a necessary first step, getting a […]

  6. Jimmie Reyna Confirmed to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    […] year, Judge Kathleen O’Malley was nominated to the court on March 10 and confirmed December 22, or 287 days […]

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