With the start of the 116th Congress, Indiana’s two remaining federal judicial nominees have stalled and the vacancies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana continue.Attorneys Holly Brady and Damon Leichty had been nominated in 2018 to fill the pair of open seats in the Northern Indiana District Court. Since neither received a confirmation vote by the full U.S. Senate, their nominations have been returned to the White House. However, Indiana’s senior senator expressed confidence they will come back to Capitol Hill.“I expect Holly Brady and Damon Leichty to be re-nominated by the President…,” Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “They should be processed quickly through the (Senate) Judiciary Committee without the need for another hearing.”The Northern Indiana District Court has had at least one open seat for nearly three years since Judge Robert Miller, Jr., took senior status Jan. 11, 2016. Another vacancy was created when Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen transitioned to senior status Sept. 29, 2017.Although the northern Indiana federal court does not have the caseload of the Southern Indiana District, it is still an active district. During the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2018, the filings totaled 2,602, which translated to a weighted filing of 464 per judge. The northern Indiana court has five judgeships.Northern Indiana Chief Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann did not have any comment on the vacancies in her court.Brady, partner at Haller & Colvin P.C. in Fort Wayne, was tapped to replace Van Bokkelen. She appeared before the Judiciary Committee in June 2018 and was approved by a party-line vote, but the Senate never brought her nomination forward for a floor vote.Her confirmation is being opposed by reproductive rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Among its concerns, the nonprofit maintains that her characterization of Indiana’s controversial 2015 Religious Freedom and Restoration Act as “a lot of hoopla,” minimized the “very real fears of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or personal reproductive-health decisions.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Leichty, partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in South Bend, was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Miller. Even though Leichty sailed through the committee hearing, his nomination did not advance to a vote after former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., blocked all the judicial candidates because the Senate would not protect the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller into the Trump administration.Young faulted the Democratic leadership for Brady and Leichty not being confirmed.“It’s unfortunate that (Minority Leader) Sen. (Chuck) Schumer delayed floor consideration of these bipartisan and extremely qualified candidates last Congress,” the Indiana Republican said. “I will continue to push for confirmation on the Senate floor to ensure the Northern District of Indiana federal courts can be fully operational.”Carl Tobias, professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, anticipates the judicial nominees who did not get through the entire process will be re-nominated by the White House and confirmed quickly. Neither Brady nor Leichty will have to appear at another judiciary committee hearing, but Brady will have to again survive another committee vote.With the midterm elections bolstering Republican control of the Senate to 53 seats, Democrats will have a difficult time stopping the nominees from becoming federal judges. But, Tobias said, the minority has the ability to slow the confirmation process by extending the debates on the nominations, which, even under cloture, would allow up to 30 hours on each nominee.Charles Geyh, professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, agreed the GOP majority in the Senate can quickly confirm the judicial candidates who are re-nominated. However, he cautioned that next year’s general election could impact the process.“The only wild card is whether the Senate review his nominees receive becomes a bit more rigorous, now that the GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020 include more vulnerable folks with a strategic need to stand up to the president,” Geyh wrote in an email. Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.com
Renovation of the Smith Campus Center is in full swing. To help reduce disruption to building tenants and visitors, some of the construction work will need to be undertaken in the evenings and on weekends.As a result of this construction, which will include periods when power and other services to the building must be turned off, Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) will be required to temporarily relocate urgent care services (which are available 24 hours a day, every day) to an alternate location after regular business hours.As of June 13, 2016, the locations and hours for patients seeking medical and mental health urgent care are as follows:Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm, Smith Campus Center, 75 Mt. Auburn StreetMonday-Friday, 5:30pm-7:30am, Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts AvenueSaturdays, Sundays, and holidays, all day (24 hours), Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts AvenueAdditional information can be found on the HUHS website at huhs.harvard.edu/urgentcare. It is currently expected that these services will again be consolidated at the Smith Campus Center once construction is complete.Please email [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make this transition as easy as possible for all members of our community.
Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’ The Jets have their new general manager.New York has agreed to terms with Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to take over as the team’s GM, the team announced Friday. Jets expand GM search, reportedly request more interviews Douglas will work alongside Adam Gase to build the Jets around second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.The Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan in May.The Eagles also looked at Bears assistant vice president of player personnel Champ Kelly, Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for the open job. We’ve agreed to terms with Joe Douglas to be our next GM. pic.twitter.com/tzQiWzNmkp— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 8, 2019Douglas has been with the Eagles since 2016 and was a big part of building up the roster that won the Super Bowl in 2018.The deal is for six years according to ESPN. Related News Jets are giving former Eagles’ vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas a six-year deal to become their GM, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2019He was rumored to have turned down the job on Thursday, but that report appears to have been false.It was also reported by The Athletic, that the Eagles were doing all they could to convince Douglas to stay with the team.But ultimately, it appeared the chance to run his own team won out.
Nathan Ake (internet photo)Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | English Premier League side Manchester City announced on Wednesday that Dutch international Nathan Ake has signed a five-year deal with the club to the summer of 2025.The 25-year-old defender, departing from relegated Bournemouth, became City’s second signing of this summer after the club completed the signing with Spaniard Ferran Torres from Valencia on Tuesday.“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake said. “Coming here is a dream for me.”Joining Chelsea at the age of 16, Ake has made 146 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Watford and Bournemouth. He has also won 13 caps for the Dutch senior team, scoring two goals. According to British media, the deal is valued at 41 million pounds.City failed to defend the Premier League title last season as they trailed winners Liverpool in second place with a gap of 18 points.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp
Then on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers would continue their winning streak with a huge win of 11-1 over Terrace.Advertisement According to Team Manager, Samantha Lucas, the PeeWee A Flyers had an outstanding performance at the Tournament as they took on competitors from Terrace, Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek, and Smithers. – Advertisement -Then on Friday afternoon, the Flyers faced Quesnel and won that game 6-2. Then in the gold medal final, the Flyers would take on Quesnel. From there, on Saturday morning, the Flyers went on to play Smithers where they managed to shutout Smithers with a win of 6-0. For the first game, on Friday morning, the Flyers took on Prince George and managed to win that game 5-4. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ross H MacLean PeeWee A Flyers were in Prince George on the weekend, December 6 to the 8, for a Tier 2 Hockey Tournament. Up next, the PeeWee A Flyers are in Peace River this Sunday, December 15, as they take on the Colts, followed by a home game the next week on Saturday, December 21, against the Dawson Creek Canucks. Advertisement In that game, the Flyers managed to come away with gold after a strong win of 6-2 over Quesnel. On Sunday morning, before the finals, the Flyers faced Dawson Creek and were able to win the game with a win of 6-3, earning the Flyers first seed for the finals. The next Tournament for the Flyers will be in Grande Prairie this coming February.