Biden’s First Judicial Nominations are a Great First Step to Making our Courts Fairer and More Reflective of our Country

Courts Resources 03.30.21

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, fair courts campaign senior director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the first judicial nominations made by President Biden: 

“For too long, our justice system has served some – but not all of us. President Biden today set a new course to make our courts fairer with judges who will recognize the rights of all of us – not just the wealthy and powerful. We need judges who uphold all of our rights, including those of workers, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people; health care access, reproductive freedom, voting rights, and more.

“These nominees are an important step towards fixing our judiciary and creating more equal justice, especially after the ways in which the judiciary was reshaped over the last few years. They reflect and represent the incredible diversity of our country. It is particularly notable that President Biden nominated three Black women for circuit court seats as it has been nearly ten years since a Black woman was confirmed to serve on a circuit court. In addition, nine nominees are women and four are Asian American. Many also possess experience from areas of the legal profession woefully underrepresented on the bench, including having served as public defenders.

“The Senate must now swiftly consider these nominees and confirm those who demonstrate commitment to civil and human rights, are fair-minded, and are reflective and representative of the incredible diversity of our country.” 

The Leadership Conference’s list of priority initiatives for the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress is available here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit