The great state of Texas has a numerous federal trial courts that need to be filled — six to be exact. But the U.S. Senators from Texas who are charged with the advice and consent roles of filling those benches can’t very well do their jobs if they don’t have enough qualified applicants.
So this week, both U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz put out the call for candidates who’d like to serve as Article III judges in the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
“Texans deserve the finest legal minds and ablest professionals to serve as U.S. District Judges throughout our state’s federal judicial districts,” Cornyn says in a prepared statement. “Public service is a great calling, and, as a former judge, I encourage everyone who is interested in serving in these important positions to apply.”
Cornyn and Cruz have set up a bipartisan committee of attorneys known as the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee [FJEC], that will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the senators. David Prichard, a partner in San Antonio’s Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young is a man the applicants should aim to impress because he heads the FJEC group.
“The senators are looking for people of high integrity, good legal minds and the very best professionals the senators can find to fill these benches,” Prichard says. “I think that’s why we have this process and as a longtime member of the committee I’m very proud of the men and women who have taken the bench during the FJEC process.”
The application can be found here. But hurry — there are 37 questions that must be answered and the deadline for applications is August 19. Also, the senators would appreciate email applications for efficiency’s sake. Email applications to either: FJEC@cornyn.senate.gov or FJEC@cruz.senate.gov.
— John Council