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Caitlin Halligan

In 2010, President Obama nominated Caitlin Halligan, former Solicitor General of the State of New York, to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  CAC supported this nomination and urged the Senate to confirm the extremely well-qualified Halligan promptly.

Nonetheless, Senate Republicans in 2011 filibustered Halligan’s nomination, preventing Halligan from receiving a yes-or-no vote on the Senate floor, where she would have been confirmed by a majority of Senators.   President Obama re-nominated Halligan in 2013, and CAC again urged her confirmation. 

Senate Republicans continued to obstruct Halligan’s confirmation, launching a second filibuster in March  2013.  Later that month,  in the face of this partisan obstruction, and at Halligan’s request, the President withdrew Halligan’s nomination.  

Below are links to the letters that CAC submitted to the Senate in support of Halligan’s confirmation, as well as links to articles and posts that CAC has written detailing Halligan’s qualifications and responding to attacks from her opponents.


CAC Letter to the Senate Supporting Halligan's Confirmation - Feburary 2013

After Halligan Filibuster, “Gang Of 14” Deal Dead and Judiciary at Risk

Why Can’t Ed Whelan Take Yes for an Answer?

An Updated Note to Senator Grassley re Caitlin Halligan: Nine < Ten < Eleven

D.C. Circuit Nominee Caitlin Halligan – A Model of Legal Restraint

A Quick Win for D.C. Circuit Nominee Caitlin Halligan’s Client, As Supreme Court Disposes of Case in A Week

A Note to Senator Grassley: Ten < Eleven

Original CAC Letter to the Senate Supporting Halligan’s confirmation- March 2011





Photo: Chester Higgins Jr./New York Times