Carper Seeking Applications for U.S. District Court for District of Delaware Judge
United States Senator Tom Carper has put out the word he is looking for people who think they have what it takes to be a federal judge. Carper is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the position of Judge of the United States District Court for District of Delaware. His office says the objective of the EOI is to create a slate of qualified candidates for consideration for recommendation to the President.
TSD reached out to a few plugged-in Delaware lawyers who tell us the opening is occurring due to the intention of Judge Sue Robinson to take senior status in early 2017. Robinson was appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Candidates for the federal bench are recommended to the President by the senior member of Congress from the President’s political party in a state where the vacancy exists. The President then typically offers a formal nomination to the Senate for its advice and consent.
Carper’s tip of the hat to transparency in putting out a public call for applicants is interesting, given the track record of judicial candidates coming from the ranks of political insiders or top players in Delaware’s clubby legal community. At this point it also assumes that a Democrat will be in the White House next year, when any appointment or hearings would likely occur.
If you happen to be looking to put on the black robes (and take a lifetime appointment), the EOI should include: 1) a letter of qualification; 2) a detailed curricula vitae; and, 3) the names of three references, 2 of which must be professional references. This information should be submitted as a package to the Senator’s Dover Office, 500 W. Lockerman Street, Suite #470, Dover, Del. 19901, to the attention of Lori James, State Director. Questions can be directed to Ms. James at (302) 674-3308.
All application materials much be received by close of business on Oct. 31, 2016.