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PFAW Responds to President Biden’s Announcement of Nominees to Fill Federal Court Vacancies

WASHINGTON - In response to the announcement of President Biden’s first slate of federal judicial nominees, to begin filling dozens of federal court vacancies, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:

“This is an incredibly exciting moment for our courts and our country. President Biden is prioritizing the federal bench by rolling out such a large slate of nominees so early in his term, and is demonstrating his commitment to building a diverse bench of qualified, fair-minded judges with a commitment to equal justice under the law.  This slate of 11 includes four AAPI candidates, as well as four Black women nominated to the circuit and district court levels. It includes nominees with backgrounds as public defenders. If confirmed, Biden’s nominees will bring a diversity of experience and background to the bench that will inform decision-making in a way that is too often lacking. Confirming these nominees will also begin the process of repairing the damage done to our courts during the Trump administration, and restoring public faith in our courts. The Senate should move quickly to advance these nominations."   


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