President Obama has announced the nomination of Jimmie V. Reyna to fill the open slot on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that was created when Judge Mayer moved to Senior Status in June 2010. The Spring 2010 nominations of Kathleen O'Malley and Ed DuMont are still pending Senate confirmation. Federal Circuit Judges Newman, Lourie, Gajarsa, Dyk, and Bryson are all eligible to take senior status.
Reyna has an all-star reputation as head of the International Trade practice of the Williams Mullen firm. His professional focus fits well within the Federal Circuit's jurisprudence over international trade decisions by the Court of International Trade (CIT) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Reyna has also been an active member of Hispanic legal community and the majority of his work appears to involve US-Mexico trade. His third book on international trade will be published later this year.