The Senate is preparing for a final vote on the Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz’s appointment to fill one of the two empty seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Republicans resisted limiting debate, which will lead to the final vote. They worry about “appointing another liberal to the court.” Democrats, however, argue that Justice Hurwitz should be judged on his judicial record.

Joseph A. Kanefield, President of the State Bar of Arizona and partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, supports Hurwitz’s nomination, noting, “On merits, Justice Hurwitz has been a fine judge and proven that he would do a great job if he were appointed for the 9th Circuit.”