Trump to reveal lower federal court nominees

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Larsen, 48, is a former University of MI law professor who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative jurist who died in 2016.

There are now more than 120 openings on the lower federal courts.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Larsen to the Michigan Supreme Court in September 2015 to fill a vacancy.

It was the end of July in President Obama's first year in office before he had announced a dozen judicial nominees.

Former Chief Justice Robert Young, Jr., who also appeared on Trump's list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, stepped down in April to return to the private sector.

David Stras, an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and Joan Larsen, a member of the Michigan Supreme Court, will be nominated for positions on the Eight and Sixths Circuits of the federal appeals court.

With Justice Neil Gorsuch now sitting on the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump is preparing to turn to the nomination of a slate of conservatives for judgeships to the lower federal courts.

To date, Trump has named just one judicial candidate aside from Gorsuch: Indian American Judge Amul Thapar to the 6th Circuit, who had his confirmation hearing last month and is awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. She graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, served in President George W. Bush's Justice Department and taught at the University of Michigan Law School.

US Magistrate Judge Terry Moorer, for the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Damien Schiff, a senior attorney at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, for the Court of Federal Claims.

MI judge David McKeague last month announced he would take "senior status" on the federal appeals court, a form of semi-retirement that created another vacancy for Trump to fill.

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