Nearly a month ago, we noted in a clerkship series post that the Senate Judiciary Committee had sent four federal judicial nominations to the Senate for a vote, encouraging prospective clerkship applicants to polish their applications off to receive a federal clerkship in October or beyond. So far, it looks like we chose the word "beyond" wisely--opportunities may extend well into the spring given the current pace of things.
Notably, however, this was a good week for Obama judicial nominees: two district judges, Irene Cornelia Berger (S.D. W. Va.) and Roberto Lange (D.S.D.) were confirmed. For context, these two confirmations reflect a staggering one-half of the lower federal judges who have been confirmed since President Obama took office last January.
Judge Berger was confirmed on October 27, and Judge Lange was confirmed on October 21.