US President Joe Biden. Photo credit: John Smith Williams / Shutterstock.com
With recent announcements that US District Judges Janet C. Hall and Vanessa L. Bryant have accepted senior status, three of the eight active Connecticut Article III judges are vacant. (Judge Alvin W. Thompson accepted senior status in 2019, but the Senate did not vote on his successor despite a presidential nomination that same year.) President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should act quickly to fill these important positions . Equally important, however, is that he and our two senators ensure that the appointments reflect the diversity of our state, including professional diversity.
One of our five active judges is black, as are two of our seven senior judges. One active and three senior judges are women. The district has never accepted an Asian or South Asian judge and has not had a Latino judge since 1994. President Biden should continue to improve diversity in these areas.