Watch Senator Rosen’s Remarks Applauding Highly Qualified Nominees, Highlighting Urgency for Nevada of Filling Years-Long District Court Vacancies
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to introduce Clark County District Court Judge Cristina Silva and UNLV Law Professor Anne Traum, President Biden’s nominees to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Both nominees were selected by the White House from a list of candidates vetted by the Senators’ bipartisan judicial commissions.
In her remarks, Senator Rosen applauded the selection of two highly qualified nominees with tremendous legal careers and also highlighted the serious urgency for Nevada of filling these years-long vacancies. Both these vacancies are considered judicial emergencies by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.
“Our federal district court has been under enormous strain, with civil litigation in particular delayed for months and even years in some cases, even on relatively straightforward motions. Those delays drive up the costs to businesses and individuals pursuing their claims in court,” said Senator Rosen. “I urge swift confirmation for these two highly qualified nominees so that Nevadans have fair and reasonable access to the federal courts.”
Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto established two bipartisan judicial commissions to vet and recommend qualified judicial nominees for federal appointments to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The two commissions are responsible for interviewing applicants and submitting to the senators the names of candidates deemed qualified for the federal bench.
Last week, Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto signed blue slips expressing support for Judge Silva and Professor Traum. Both nominees are rated “well qualified” by the American Bar Association.