A University of San Diego law professor nominated for a seat on the federal appellate court will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing Thursday, a congressional spokesman said.
The hearing will mark the first movement on Bernard Siegan's nomination to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals since President Reagan sent the legal scholar's name to Capitol Hill in February.
Siegan's candidacy had been stalled by the lengthy debate over Robert H. Bork, Reagan's unsuccessful first nominee for a vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Congressional sources say Siegan--whose nomination has drawn vigorous criticism from liberals--may again be forced to wait while the Senate considers Reagan's newest high court appointee, Douglas H. Ginsburg.
Ed Baxter, an aide to Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Arizona), said Thursday's hearing may not be sufficient to resolve questions surrounding Siegan's candidacy and that additional hearings may be scheduled.