Biden Releases First Diverse Slate of Judicial Nominees

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the nomination of a diverse group of eleven judicial nominees, several of whom he said would make history if confirmed to the bench.

"This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession", Biden said in his statement.

The nominations as a whole "represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong", Biden said in a statement.

DC District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has always been considered one of Biden's top options to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and now he is reportedly considering her strongly to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Merrick Garland on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

These included the first Black and Muslim Americans on certain courts.

Jackson was nominated to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Griggsby would be the first woman of color to serve on her court.

Critics of the GOP effort to remake the USA judiciary under former President Donald Trump on Tuesday welcomed President Joe Biden's first slate of judicial nominees-11 candidates who, according to the White House, reflect his "deeply held conviction that the federal bench should reflect the full diversity of the American people-both in background and in professional experience".

"The courts should look like the people they represent and serve", it said.

"This is also a groundbreaking slate in many ways".

With 72 vacancies on the federal courts and another 28 seats set to become open in the coming weeks and months, Mr. Biden has been under pressure to prioritize judicial nominees and mount his own effort to reshape the federal bench after former President Donald Trump succeeded in appointing more than 230 judges to the courts, a lot of them white men. Jackson now serves as a judge for the District of Columbia U.S. District Court.

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Jackson, a Harvard College and Harvard Law School graduate, is expected to receive bipartisan support for her nomination to the D.C. Circuit.

When Republicans were in power during Mr. Trump's administration, nominations to the federal circuit courts moved forward despite unreturned or negative "blue slips" from home-state senators. Trump and McConnell teamed up to confirm 54 judges to the circuit courts with 234 total federal judges.

- Tiffany Cunningham, for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to his appointment, he was Chair of Riker Danzig's White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and his firm's first Chief Diversity Officer.

"We know Biden's stated preference for civil rights lawyers and labor lawyers for district courts is only as good as the buy-in it generates among home-state senators", Fallon explained.

As a judge for the D.C. District Court, Jackson didn't shy away from siding with the Trump administration in some cases. Griggsby serves as a judge on the U.S. Federal Claims Court. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

"Julien Neals and Zahid Quraishi are smart, experienced, and thoughtful attorneys who will both bring an exceptional commitment to fairness and impartiality to the federal bench", said Senator Booker.

Neals, who had served in Newark city government from 2008-14, became Bergen County counsel in 2015 and acting county administrator a year later.

Jackson, 50, is regularly mentioned as a potential Supreme Court judge some day. Previously, Pan worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C.

Of the president's 11 judicial picks, three set to be nominated to the federal district courts would make history if confirmed by the evenly divided the Senate.

- Regina Rodriguez, for the US District Court for the District of Colorado. Rodriguez now is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Denver, Colo., where she, "handles cases involving complex litigation and government investigations", according to the release.

In a 2019 case over construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, she found that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear environmentalists' challenge to the Trump administration's decision to exempt itself from key environmental laws (Greenwire, Sept. 5, 2019). Puttagunta serves as an administrative judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission.

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