New Federal Judge Nominee as Trial Balloon

Posted in Anticipation by Mike Sacks on January 21, 2010

Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy writes about Obama’s nomination of Prof. Goodwin Liu to sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Liu is young and liberal.

How young?  He received his bachelor’s degree in 1991, which makes him 40 years old if he graduated at 21.  This should satisfy Obama’s critics on the left who have complained that his nominees thus far have been too old.

How liberal?  He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors at the American Constitution Society.  This should make Liu a trial balloon for the resistance to be faced by Obama’s chosen successor to Justice Stevens (if he does indeed retire).  Of course, there’s a big difference in Senatorial apoplexy between nominating a liberal to 1) a circuit court and 2) the Ninth Circuit; and nominating a liberal to the Supreme Court.

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  1. Stan said, on January 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I loved this nomination! I met Professor Liu last June and I thought he was brilliant, thoughtful, and definitely liberal. Oh, and he’s Asian, so between him and Denny Chin (assuming the get through), we’ll finally have two Asians in all of the Circuit Courts after having none for so long.

  2. Miguel said, on January 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Like Stan, I’ve also met Prof. Liu, and I was impressed by how elegant a debater he was, and how charming. I think he would be a dynamite liberal SCOTUS justice..

  3. […] ABC’s Ariane de Vogue wrote yesterday about Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit, with a sub-headline of, “Contentious Hearing for Lower Court Nominee to Foreshadow High Court Battles to Come.”  The article reports out and builds upon what I observed here in January. […]

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