Back at the end of March, the Whitehouse nominated Jennifer Walker Elrod, presiding judge of the 190th Civil District Court of Harris County, Texas, to retiring Judge Higginbotham’s seat on the Fifth Circuit.

Judge Elrod

Now yesterday, the Whitehouse nominated former judge of the 191st Civil District Court in Dallas, Texas, Catharina Haynes, to the Fifth Circuit.

Judge Haynes

There is a serious cognitive jump from a state district court to a federal appellate court, but if anyone can make the jurisprudential leap, it appears to be these two jurists.

Thx to the WSJ Law Blog