Goodwin Liu Nominated to California Supreme Court

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 11:40 am

Finally, some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown today nominated University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu, 40, withdrew his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in May after Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation. “Professor Liu is an extraordinary man and a distinguished [...]

Goodwin Liu Withdraws Nomination for Circuit Court Spot

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 7:25 am

Goodwin Liu, who last week was denied cloture on his confirmation to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, withdrew his nomination yesterday, tiring of the wait for a spot on the federal bench. Goodwin Liu, 40, said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he and family need “to make plans for the [...]

The Revenge of Miguel Estrada: Cloture for Goodwin Liu Fails

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 11:44 am

The Senate rejected a motion to end debate on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today. The final vote was 52-43, with one voting “present.” Lisa Murkowski voted for cloture, while Ben Nelson voted against it. Orrin Hatch was the “present” vote, which he also did in the Jack [...]

Goodwin Liu Nomination Looks Endangered, With Cloture Vote Today

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 9:15 am

The nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit gets a vote in the Senate today, and the prospects are pretty bleak. President Obama nominated Alaska Supreme Court justice Morgen Christen to the 9th Circuit (which has four vacancies) yesterday, drawing praise from Lisa Murkowski. Perhaps this was part of a deal to get Murkowski’s [...]

Dems Pulling Out All the Stops for Confirmation of Goodwin Liu

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 6:15 am

As bmaz reports, Cal-Berkeley School of Law associate dean Goodwin Liu will get a confirmation vote for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. His nomination has foundered since February 2010, and he had to be renominated at the beginning of this year by the Obama Administration. Finally, Reid will invoke cloture, which will [...]

Goodwin Liu Gets Party-Line Vote Out of Senate Judiciary

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 8:57 am

A lot of attention goes into Supreme Court nominations, and that makes perfect sense; they hold as much power in the federal government as Congress. But the nominations in district courts or federal appeals courts have their own importance as well, and on that front, Goodwin Liu finally got his vote and passed out of [...]

Goodwin Liu and the Administration Failure On Judicial Nominees

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 8:35 am

UC-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu is a qualified nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I don’t even think you’d get an argument about that from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Their problem with Liu begins and ends with the fact that he’s a liberal – they have made that ideology completely out [...]

Republicans Block Committee Hearings Again

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:47 am

Republicans, still not finished with their temper tantrum, have blocked committee hearings across the Senate today, invoking a little-known rule requiring unanimous consent to holding hearings after 2:00pm. Among the hearings cancelled is the confirmation of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy released this statement: Senate [...]

What? More Obstruction From Senate Republicans?

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 6:46 am

You’re not going to believe this, but Senate Republicans don’t like an Obama appointment and say he’s beyond the mainstream. I know, it’s crazy. Senate Republicans are preparing to mount an assault against one of President Obama’s federal appeals court choices, offering a preview of a possible Supreme Court fight this summer. Goodwin Liu, the [...]

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