Wednesday's announcement about the appointment of Kent A. Delgado to a 6th Subcircuit vacancy triggered a good question -- and exposed a few omissions by yours truly.
According to multiple sources, Delgado's appointment is at the recommendation of Justice Anne M. Burke. The appointment is to a vacancy created by the very recent retirement of Judge Gloria Chevere. No screening committee had been empaneled with respect to this vacancy, at least publicly (in contrast, for example, to the screening committee announced just this week by Justice Burke for a 13th Subcircuit vacancy).
In January, Justice Burke announced a 6th Subcircuit vacancy (stand down, kids, applications for this one closed in February), and this vacancy remains unfilled. Thus, the good question: Why would Justice Burke fill the later-opening vacancy immediately, when she had a screening committee in place to fill an earlier vacancy in the same subcircuit? I don't know the answer to that question, but if I can get an answer I can report I will do so.
In any event, I missed Justice Burke's announcement when it came out.
Well, it was the height of the primary season---a busy time on the blog -- and I always have to keep up with my day job. My malpractice insurer gets very concerned if I let my practice drift too long. And I'm reasonably certain that neither courts nor clients would find the need to update this blog as a good and sufficient excuse for missing deadlines. So, yes, I miss stuff.
As it turns out, that wasn't the only announcement I missed.
In February Justice Mary Jane Theis announced both a countywide opening and a 13th Subcircuit vacancy. The countywide vacancy was subsequently filled by the appointment of Judge Claire J. Quish (I didn't miss that announcement) but I believe this 13th Subcircuit vacancy remains open.
I think that about brings me up to date... we resume regular programming now.
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