The Job You Didn't Know Gorsuch Still Has... But For How Long?


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If and when Judge Neil M. Gorsuch gets confirmed as the ninth U.S. Supreme Court justice, he’s going to be out of a job.

A job Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. appointed him to, no less.

Since Oct. 1, 2016, Gorsuch has served as chair of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

The federal appellate rules govern appellate practice and procedure in the federal courts. When a change is proposed to any rules, the advisory committee evaluates it to determine whether to pursue the proposal, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

As chair, Gorsuch presides over committee meetings and serves as a communications link between the judicial conference and the committee, David Sellers, a public affairs officer with the AO, told Bloomberg BNA in an email.

Circuit, district, bankruptcy and magistrate judges may serve on a committee or as a chair, Sellers said.
Noticeably absent from the list are U.S. Supreme Court justices.

So how soon will Gorsuch have to give up his position?

Will Gorsuch be attending the appellate rules meeting in San Diego on May 2?

Most likely not but time will tell. There’s some talk about Democrats filibustering the confirmation process.

But meanwhile, stay tuned for his confirmation hearing, scheduled to begin March 20.

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