STATEMENT: CAP’s Stephanie Wylie Calls for Swift Confirmation of Judicial Nominees
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing that featured a slate of eminently qualified judicial nominees. The nominees included Judge Leonard Stark, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and four U.S. District Court nominees: Victoria Calvert for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Jacqueline Corley for the Northern District of California, Sarah Geraghty for the Northern District of Georgia, and Dale Ho for the Southern District of New York.
In response, Stephanie Wylie, senior policy analyst for Courts and Legal Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today’s panelists demonstrated that they would be judges dedicated to ensuring equal justice for all Americans. It is vital that our judiciary fairly represents the diversity and breadth of American experiences, and the confirmation of these nominees would be a step toward that vision.
Dale Ho has a preeminent record as a civil rights lawyer and spent his career ensuring the strength of our democracy and protecting the freedom to vote. In addition to adding much-needed professional diversity to our federal bench, he would also be the only active Asian American and Pacific Islander male judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Victoria Calvert would be the first former federal defender to become a U.S. District Court judge in Georgia, and her experience would bring an important perspective to the federal bench. She would also be the second female Black judge to serve on that court. Sarah Geraghty is a civil rights lawyer who has worked to ensure fairness in our criminal legal system and served as a public defender.
The Judiciary Committee should promptly advance these nominations.
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- “The Startling Lack of Professional Diversity Among Federal Judges” by Maggie Jo Buchanan
- “Building a More Inclusive Federal Judiciary” by Danielle Root, Jake Faleschini, and Grace Oyenubi
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