Newest Trump Nomination for 11th Circuit Announced

By George Khoury, Esq. on April 12, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

This week, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant. If confirmed, Grant will fill the soon to be vacated seat by Justice Julie Carnes, who will be stepping down to senior status this June.

Interestingly, Grant only recently took the bench in Georgia in 2017. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Solicitor General for the state of Georgia. After earning her J.D. from Stanford, she served as a law clerk to Justice Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Notably, Grant also held a few roles during the last Bush administration.

Does Experience on the Bench Matter?

While undoubtedly Grant is more experienced than other nominees, only having a couple years on the bench before being appointed to the federal appellate bench is truly an achievement. However, Grant does come well vetted by Justice Kavanaugh and others.

Vacancies: Bad for Hotels, Bad for Courts

While President Trump often gets criticized for his lack of political and legal experience, he surely has been filling federal judicial vacancies. Although Justice Carnes had announced her plan to go on senior status just a few weeks ago, the President wasted no time in putting up a nomination.

The nomination of Judge Grant brings the list of Trump's appellate court nominations up to over 25. At this point, Trump has nominated over 100 individuals to seats on the federal bench between the district, appellate, and specialty/administrative courts.

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