The appointments are for life.
Pres. Donald J. Trump Wednesday announced his nominations for five new circuit court judges to serve on two particular judicial circuits; the 9th and the 2nd. Politically, Trump may be attempting to reconfigure these two courts, the 9th in particular, as both have ruled against him on at least one huge Trump administration policy: the travel ban. There are three pending 9th Circuit nominations; Trump has one judicial pick left.
Trump recently described the 9th Circuit as “unfair” for its rulings against his administration on a number of matters.
According to reporting by Zoe Tillman of Buzzfeed, California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were provided Trump’s shortlist this summer but have been working on their own list.
The five appeals court judicial nominees are Joseph F. Bianco, Michael H. Park, Patrick J. Bumatay, Daniel P. Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee.
Trump also offered nominees for U.S. district courts for a total of 13 judges.
All are men. Three are Asian.
The nominations must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee before going to a full Senate vote.
Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s judicial nominees:
1. Joseph F. Bianco of New York, Nominated to Serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is Already U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York Judge Joseph Bianco
Bianco, appointed by Pres. George W. Bush, has been a judge for new York’s Eastern District since 2006. Bianco, who teaches upper level law course at St. John’s University School of Law and also taught law classes at Fordham, Hofstra and Touro universities; law schools, served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where he oversaw counterterrorism and fraud efforts.
Bianco served for nine years as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including for two years as Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit. Bianco, who earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, clerked for former Judge Peter K. Leisure of the SDNY.
That’s the bio information the White House provided. There’s a lot more to know about Bianco.
Born in Queens, New York, he is a married father of six adult children and a devout Roman Catholic, and to the latter point, Bianco was ordained as a deacon and serves at a Long Island-based parish where, according to an article about Bianco written for the Federal Bar Association, his Saturdays include visiting a nursing home, “spending three hours administering
prayers and Communion to the home-bound. And, each weekend since being ordained, he preaches at Mass”
Bianco also teaches local high school students about the federal court system in his own courtroom where he holds mock trials. Bianco also started a ‘justice camp’ at the Eastern District. It was modeled by the …read more