I recently had an interesting conversation about the potential domino effect that could be created by the President’s nomination to fill the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seat held by Judge Grady Jolly, who will retire in October.

Everyone I’ve talked to expects the nominee to be a current District Court judge. If so, that will create an opening at the District Court level that the President will also fill. There is a lot of speculation on who might get that appointment.

Someone noted that if the District Court appointment went to a current Mississippi Supreme Court or Court of Appeals Justice, it would create an open slot for Governor Bryant to fill. Governor Bryant could then create his own domino effect at the state judiciary level.

So one Fifth Circuit opening could easily lead to as many as five judicial appointments at the federal and state court level, or even more.

This year’s fantasy judicial appointment league is going to be a lot of fun.