On October 14, 2004, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit voted 8-2 to reject a challenge — brought by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and others — to President Bush’s recess appointment of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to a seat on the Eleventh Circuit. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case in support of Judge Pryor’s appointment. The Court agreed with WLF that the appointment did not exceed the President’s authority under the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. The U.S. Senate subsequently voted to confirm Judge Pryor’s permanent appointment to the bench. Judge Pryor is a former member of WLF’s Legal Policy Advisory Board.