President Biden unveils 1st slate of judicial nominees featuring diverse, history-making selections

President Joe Biden unveiled a string of eleven candidates for justice on Tuesday, including three African-American women for circuit court vacancies and a candidate who, if approved, would become the first Muslim federal judge in US history. First published by The Washington Post, the list is Biden’s first wave of judicial nominations and includes candidates who, if approved, would serve as the first AAPI woman in the US District Court for the District of DC and the first woman of color to serve as a federal judge The White House announced on Tuesday for the district of Maryland. One candidate that Biden announced on Tuesday is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is being selected to fill Merrick Garland’s seat in a powerful DC appeals court that is also a breeding ground for potential Colonel court candidates: “This seminal list of The nominee comes from the best and brightest in the American legal profession, “Biden said in a statement. “Everyone is deeply qualified and ready to provide justice under our Constitution and impartially to the American people – and together they represent the wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that make our nation strong.” Video: Communities Gather to Support AAPI[/mediaosvideoThe Biden administration pledged early on to prioritize judicial nominations and to cast a wide net seeking professional and demographic diversity, including those who had served as public defenders, civil rights lawyers and legal aid attorneys. During the campaign, Biden pledged to name the first African American woman to the Supreme Court should a vacancy arise.Tuesday’s move will come as a welcome development for progressives eager to regain ground lost after former President Donald Trump placed more than 200 appointees in the courts, including three Supreme Court justices.Before taking the bench, Jackson, a 2013 Obama nominee to the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, served as an assistant federal public defender, as well as a commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. She is a former clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer and is seen by some as a future Supreme Court nominee if a new vacancy were to arise. She is perhaps most known for her 2019 opinion ruling that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena concerning Russia’s alleged interference into the 2016 presidential election. That case is still pending.Other names on the list of 11 include two other African American women.Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, who currently works at a Washington, D.C.-based firm with a focus on white collar criminal defense and investigations, is also on the list for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before joining private practice, she spent 10 years as an attorney at the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois. She attended Princeton University and Yale Law School.Tiffany Cunningham, also in private practice, is an intellectual property litigator who previously served as a patent attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A graduate from Harvard Law School who earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from MIT, she would serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit if confirmed.Also on the list is Zahid N. Quraishi, who serves as a United States magistrate judge in New Jersey. According to his biography, he is of Pakistani ancestry and is the first Asian-American to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey.Judge Florence Y. Pan is a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia who has served as an associate judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia since 2009.Jackson, an African American woman who is only 50 years old, has a degree from Harvard College and Harvard Law. She also served as an assistant federal public defender as well as the vice chair and commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. She did stints with large law firms to help support her family and gave an unusual speech at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2017 on a topic that underlines her particular story.Her talk, called “Reflections on my journey as a mother and a judge,” illustrated how hard it is for mothers to serve in law firms that are often the stepping stones to judicial appointments. “I don’t think it is possible to overstate the degree of difficulty that many young women, and especially new mothers, face in the law firm context,” she said. She noted that the hours are long and there is little control over the schedule which is “constantly in conflict with the needs of your children and your family.”In 2019, she issued a 120-page opinion relying upon separation of powers principles to rule against the Trump’s administration’s attempts to block McGahn’s congressional testimony.”Presidents are not kings,” she said, adding that the Trump administration’s assertion that it had “absolute testimonial immunity” protecting its senior level aides “is a proposition that cannot be squared with core constitutional values” and “cannot be sustained.”She held that “individuals who been subpoenaed for testimony by an authorized committee of Congress must appear for testimony in response to that subpoena — i.e., they cannot ignore or defy congressional compulsory process, by order of the president or otherwise,” although she stressed that such individuals are free to assert executive privilege in response to the questions asked of them.As things stand, there are currently 72 vacancies, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. courts and 28 future vacancies where judges have noted an intent to retire on a future date.Although the Biden administration has put strong emphasis on nominations, vowing to fill seats quickly to begin to make up for the more than 200 Trump appointees, there had been some grumbling from progressives that it wasn’t moving quickly enough. That criticism should diminish with Tuesday’s list.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a diverse slate of 11 judicial nominees, including three African American women for Circuit Court vacancies and a candidate who, if confirmed, would be the first Muslim federal judge in U.S. history.

The list, first reported by The Washington Post, is Biden’s first wave of judicial nominations, and also includes candidates who, if confirmed, would serve as the first AAPI woman to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C. and the first woman of color to serve as a federal judge for the District of Maryland, the White House said Tuesday.

One nominee Biden announced Tuesday is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is picked to fill the seat of Merrick Garland on a powerful D.C.-based appellate court that is also a breeding ground for potential Supreme Court nominees.

“This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession,” Biden said in a statement. “Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people — and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong.”

Video: Communities gather to support AAPI

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The Biden government made an early promise to prioritize the appointment of judicial officers and create a broad network seeking professional and demographic diversity, including those who have served as defense lawyers, civil rights attorneys, and legal aid attorneys. During the campaign, Biden promised to nominate the first African American woman to appear before the Supreme Court if there was a vacancy.

Tuesday’s move will be a welcome development for progressives eager to lose ground again after former President Donald Trump tried more than 200 candidates, including three Supreme Court justices.

Prior to taking over the bank, Jackson, a 2013 Obama nominee in the District of Columbia District Court, served as assistant federal defender and commissioner for the United States Sentencing Commission. She is a former law clerk for Stephen Breyer and is seen by some as a future Supreme Court candidate should a new position arise. She is perhaps best known for her 2019 position that former White House attorney Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This case is still pending.

Other names on the list of 11 include two other African American women.

  • Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, who currently works for a Washington, DC-based company specializing in criminal defense and investigation, is also on the list for a seat in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to entering the private practice, she served as an attorney with the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois for 10 years. She attended Princeton University and Yale Law School.
  • Tiffany Cunningham, also in private practice, is an intellectual property litigation attorney who previously served as a patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A graduate of Harvard Law School with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from MIT, she served on the Federal Circuit upon confirmation by the United States Court of Appeals.
  • Also on the list is Zahid N. Quraishi, who serves as a judge in the United States in New Jersey. According to his biography, he is of Pakistani descent and the first Asian-American citizen to serve in the federal bank in New Jersey.
  • Florence Y. Pan is a U.S. District Court nominee for the District of Columbia who has served as an Associate Judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court since 2009.

Jackson, an African American woman who is only 50, graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law. She also served as assistant federal defender and vice chairman and commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission. She worked at major law firms to support her family and gave an unusual speech at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2017 on a subject that underscores her special story.

Her talk, titled “Reflections on My Journey as a Mom and a Judge,” demonstrated how difficult it is for mothers to work in law firms, which are often the stepping stone to court appointments. “I don’t think it is possible to overestimate the level of difficulty that many young women, and especially young mothers, face in the context of a law firm,” she said. She noted that the hours are long and there is little control over the schedule, which “is constantly at odds with the needs of your children and your family”.

In 2019, she issued a 120-page statement using the principles of separation of powers to rule out attempts by the Trump administration to block McGahn’s testimony.

“Presidents are not kings,” she said, adding that the Trump administration’s claim that it has “absolute immunity from testimony” to protect its senior aides “is a proposal that is inconsistent with core constitutional values Can be reconciled “and” cannot be sustained “.

It held that “Individuals summoned by an authorized congressional committee for testimony must appear in response to that subpoena – that is, they cannot ignore or commit themselves to the mandatory process of congressional by order of the President or otherwise oppose “although she emphasized this. These individuals are free to use the privilege of being a leader in response to questions posed to them.

According to the US Courts Administration Bureau, there are currently 72 vacancies and 28 prospective positions where judges have indicated their intention to retire at a later date.

Though the Biden administration has placed great emphasis on nominations, vowing to occupy the seats quickly to make up for the 200-plus Trump candidates, the progressives have grumbled that they are not moving fast enough. That criticism should subside with Tuesday’s list.

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