The Senate this week confirmed four district court nominees, James Donato (90-5) and Beth Freeman (91-7) for the Northern District of California, Jeffrey Meyer (91-2) for the District of Connecticut and James Moody, Jr. (95-4) for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Democrats had to force a vote on the Senate floor to overcome Republican opposition to the nominations, which were subsequently approved with vast majorities.
Donato is a 1988 graduate of Stanford Law School and was a partner with Shearman & Sterling prior to taking the bench. Freeman is a 1979 graduate of Harvard Law School and was Presiding Judge for the San Mateo County Superior Court from 2001 to 2014. Meyer is a 1989 graduate of Yale Law School and was a professor at Quinnipiac Univ. School of Law and Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. Moody is a 1989 graduate of the Univ. of Arkansas Bowen School of Law and was a Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas.
There are currently 28 nominees who have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting votes by the full Senate.