7 Pictures Showing the Transformation of America’s Federal Courts

October 11, 2019

by Jorge Gomez • 4 min read

America’s courts are critical to the preservation of religious liberty—and one of the greatest legacies for our first freedom has been the appointment of conservative, originalist judges to fill judicial vacancies nationwide.

Thanks to a presidential administration who’s made judicial nominations a top priority and the incredible efforts of the U.S. Senate to confirm nominees at a record pace, today we have hundreds of excellent judges seated across the federal bench. The best part is that these are judges committed to applying the Constitution as originally intended, including the vision our Founders had for everyone in our country to freely live out their faith.

Below are several graphics showing how the president’s judicial nominees have led to a historic transformation of America’s federal judiciary:

Religious Freedom Judges Infographic | First Liberty

  • Supreme Court: Justice Brett Kavanaugh donated his time to work on a religious liberty case with Kelly Shackelford and Jay Sekulow (American Center for Law & Justice).
  • Circuit Court: Judge James C. Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was one the most active network attorneys defending religious liberty with First Liberty Institute.
  • District Court: Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a former FLI Deputy General Counsel, is the first confirmed judge who’s gone directly from a religious liberty law firm to the federal judiciary.

Judicial Confirmations Infographic | First Liberty

100 Judicial Vacancies Infograph | First Liberty

Appointees by President Infograph | First Liberty

Conservative Judges at the Appellate Court Level Infographic | First Liberty

Youngest Class of Federal Appeals Judges Infographic | First Liberty

Judges with Stellar Legal Careers Infographic | First Liberty

Even with unprecedented progress taking place in judicial confirmations, there’s still much work to be done to fill the remaining federal vacancies with strong judges.

The stakes for our constitutional rights are at an all-time high, and it’s imperative that our federal judiciary be staffed with judges whose credentials, prior decisions and judicial philosophy reflect a deep respect for our fundamental freedoms.

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