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Commission taking applications for open 7th Circuit seat

The state’s Federal Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a position on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The seat has been vacant since former Judge Terry Evans took senior status in 2010. He died the following year.

The commission, which is run by the State Bar, plans to make three or four recommendations to Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson. The senators then make a recommendation to President Barack Obama. If Obama approves of the nominee, it is sent to the full Senate for approval.

The last person nominated to fill Evan’s seat was former University of Wisconsin Professor Victoria Nourse in July 2010. However, amid political infighting, her nomination was never approved by the Senate.

Nourse – the daughter-in-law of senior appeals Judge Richard Cudahy – withdrew her name for consideration in 2012. She is now a professor at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.

Application materials are available at www.wisbar.org/fnc. Those interested must apply by Sept. 8.

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