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HFJ Alert: Cloture Filed on Judge Adalberto Jordan

Posted on 02/10/2012 @ 11:36 AM

Yesterday Senator Harry Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit, setting up a vote scheduled for Monday, February 13 at approximately 5:30pm.

Judge Jordan was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at age 6. He excelled at the University of Miami School of Law, then served as a clerk for the U.S. 11th Circuit and later for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. After rising through the ranks at a Miami law firm, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Florida where he served until his appointment as U.S. District Judge in 1999. He has now served with distinction for over a decade on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Last year President Obama appointed Judge Jordan to fill a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Growing case backlogs in court had caused the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to declare the vacancy a "judicial emergency." Judge Jordan's nomination was met with bipartisan support, a top rating of "well-qualified" from the ABA, and unanimous approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Some Senators, however, remain set on playing politics with even the most qualified and non-controversial nominees. Before Monday's vote, it is crucial that we show our support for Judge Adalberto Jordan and urge our Senators to vote "yes." Please call your Senators' offices at (202) 224-3121 and tell them how important a diverse, qualified, effective judiciary is to you.

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