(Washington, D.C.) – The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings Wednesday to confirm five of President Biden’s nominees, all women of color, to the federal bench. President Biden is following through on his commitment to nominate attorneys and jurists from diverse backgrounds to our nation’s courts, strengthening the federal judiciary.
The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law regarding three of the nominees who have significant civil rights litigation experience:
“Among President Biden’s nominees are three experienced civil rights attorneys who are champions for civil rights and equal justice under the law, having the qualifications, experience, and judgment to make a positive impact on our nation’s jurisprudence. Their respective legal careers are distinguished by protecting the rights of people who have faced discrimination in our society, as well as the fundamental rights of all Americans, in some of the most complex litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. This incredible slate of nominees hails from some of the most influential civil rights organizations of our time. They have worked alongside the Lawyers’ Committee to make the promises of our great democracy real for all Americans, making our nation stronger in the process. These experienced civil rights attorneys also reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity that is sorely lacking in the federal judiciary. We call on the full Senate to vote to confirm these exceptional nominees.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org