Casey, Toomey accepting applications for judicial vacancies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, announced they are accepting applications from persons interested in filling judicial vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Toomey said he and Casey have worked to confirm 14 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench. Only three states — California, New York, and Texas — have had more district court vacancies filled during this time.

Casey and Toomey will use the following process to fill vacancies:

• A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

• This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators.

• The panel will be made up of 20 members, including two co-chairs. Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint nine panel members and one co-chair. The co-chairs will be: Neil T. O’Donnell of O’Donnell Law Offices and Gerald K. Morrison of Smigel, Anderson & Sacks, LLP.

• Applicants will be required to complete and submit an application, which is available online.

Persons interested in being considered should submit their completed application to both: [email protected] and [email protected]

The deadline for submitting a completed application is 5 p.m. July 18.

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