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(Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Holly A. Thomas to serve as the United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday. Since 2018, Judge Thomas has served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. She is the first Black woman to be nominated to the Ninth Circuit in California.

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

“Holly Thomas has a proven record of being a fair and thoughtful advocate and jurist. From humble beginnings, she has risen to prominence as a star litigator and judge. I have seen her operate firsthand as a colleague in civil rights litigation and policy matters involving youth and incarcerated people. She went on to argue important civil rights cases on behalf of the federal government on key issues such as voting rights and gender discrimination and has gained invaluable grounding and experience while adjudicating hundreds of cases as a judge in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California. Her experience, intellect, and integrity make her well-qualified to serve on the federal bench.”



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