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(Washington, D.C.) — President Joe Biden announced fourteen new judicial nominees, outstanding for their distinguished and diverse backgrounds on Thursday. Including a wide range of “firsts” for federal judicial representation, the nominations speak to President Biden’s commitment to making the federal judiciary more reflective of this nation’s true diversity.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law also joins numerous civil rights organizations in expressing acclaim for the nomination of Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director with the Lawyer’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“We applaud President Biden’s historic nomination of 14 uniquely qualified and diverse individuals who are leading the charge in their own communities in the fight for civil rights and equal justice for every person. Now more than ever, our country needs qualified and experienced candidates who are devoted to equitably upholding the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

“We especially note the nomination of Dale Ho.  I can share from first-hand experience that Dale Ho is an exceptional colleague, lawyer, and leader. He has a long-standing commitment to safeguarding our civil rights, made clear by his years of impactful litigation protecting the right to vote for communities of color. His extraordinary legal experience, coupled with his dedication to defending democracy, makes Dale Ho’s nomination to serve on the federal bench critical at this moment when fair application of the law is sorely needed.”


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.