First among them is the utterly broken process of Supreme Court nominations under President Donald Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, which leaves little doubt that any nominee to replace Justice Kennedy would be intent on demolishing the key pillars of his legacy.
The list also features conservative advocates of judicial deference to government regulation.
"We can assume the Trump administration is going to continue to nominate judges, especially for courts of appeals, who have fairly strong conservative credentials", Wheeler said.
While Stras is considered a conservative, he did join Justice Alan Page, a left-leaning justice who recently retired, on several cases and earned the respect of Democratic court watchers.
But it's not all judicial deference all the way down. This month, in fact, two separate federal courts of appeal will hear challenges to President Trump's revised Muslim travel ban - challenges that nearly certainly will arrive before the Justices. Schiff is a skilled litigator who is perhaps best known for arguing and winning the 2012 case of Sackett v. The EPA lost 9-0. Murphy, a Faribault native, is a former Minnesota District Court judge and served on the federal court since 1994. He has written favorably about the idea that "there will be a legitimate and prominent role for considerations of economic liberty" at the Supreme Court.
President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th, 2017.
HORSLEY: Indeed, Trump came into office with a chance to fill more than twice as many court vacancies as President Obama had. Apparently those machinations are still unfolding.
The president's other nominees for appellate judgeships are Louisville, Kentucky, lawyer John K. Bush to the 6th Circuit; University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to the 7th Circuit; and former Alabama state Solicitor General Kevin Newsom, a former law clerk for retired Justice David H. Souter, to the 11th Circuit. According to the New York Times, Trump will nominate her to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Trump nominated Dabney Friedrich, who was a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission until 2016, for one of four vacant seats in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Larsen also worked with the firm of Sidley and Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as deputy assistant US attorney general who provided legal counsel to the George W. Bush administration in 2002 and 2003.
Amy Coney Barrett of IN will be nominated to serve on the 7th Circuit.
Larsen will be nominated to fill an opening on the Sixth Circuit; Stras will fill an opening on the Eighth Circuit. So, circuit court nominees are highly important.
"Throughout his career in both the classroom and the courtroom, Justice Stras has displayed a thoughtful, fair-minded approach to the law that has been reflected during his tenure on the Minnesota Supreme Court", said U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, of the Third Congressional District.