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President Trump's New
Slate of Conservative Judges

President Trump revealed his first group of judicial nominees yesterday as he continues to make his mark on the federal court system. His nominations include ten judges, including two he had previously offered for the Supreme Court: Joan Larsen and David Stras.

Trump nominated Larsen, a Michigan Supreme Court judge, for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Stras, a Minnesota Supreme Court judge, was tapped for the 8th Circuit.

Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University Law School, for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; Alabama Appellate lawyer Kevin Newsom for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and John Bush, a partner in the Louisville office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, for the 6th Circuit.

Scott Palk, the assistant dean for students and assistant general counsel at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, was named for the federal district court for the Western District of Oklahoma, while Idaho trial court judge David Nye was picked to fill the vacancy on the federal district court for the District of Idaho.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the nominees were "chosen for their deep knowledge of the law" and their commitment to upholding constitutional principles.

Trump also chose Damien Schiff, a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

He also selected Terry F. Moorer of Alabama to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington, D.C., to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the nominees were "chosen for their deep knowledge of the law" and their commitment to upholding constitutional principles.

The White House promised more judicial nominees in the coming months as the administration works to play catch-up and fill the more than 120 vacancies in the lower courts.

Conservatives praised Trump's choices.

"President Trump is building on the success of his nomination of Justice Gorsuch with an outstanding new slate of nominees for the lower federal courts,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, observed.

"The nominees have stellar qualifications and a record of courageous commitment to the rule of law that will make them excellent additions to the federal bench. When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park."

Elizabeth Slattery, a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the nominees are the kind of judges Trump said he'd nominate — originalist, textualist judges who will be faithful to the Constitution and not interpret it as though they are legislators.