Monday, January 26, 2009
Barack Obama's first Texas judicial appointment
Crim Prof Blog points out that when Barack Obama took office, there were 55 vacant federal judicial seats awaiting his appointments. Only one is in Texas, created by the retirement of Judge W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., who began his legal career in El Paso and spent most of his judicial stint in Midland, before moving in 2003 to the San Antonio division of Texas' Western District. Furgeson took senior status late last year, and his is one of 18 seats that have been declared judicial emergencies.