In the wake of Judge Martin’s retirement last year, the Sixth Circuit has had an open vacancy for Kentucky, which is presently the only vacancy on the Court.  The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson is being vetted by the FBI for a potential seat on the Sixth Circuit.  Justice Abramson is a current justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court who resides in Louisville.  It remains to be seen whether the President will nominate Justice Abramson any time in the near future, and of course any nominee’s chances of surviving Senate confirmation at this point is an open question.  However, based on recent developments concerning the filibuster, there is a greater likelihood of confirmation after nomination.  We will certainly keep you posted on any new developments.