Biden’s Historic Nominations Spark Hope for a Judiciary Representative of the Nation 

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WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing for five judicial nominees, including Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

“Today marks a brighter day for our federal judiciary. These historic nominees reflect the vast diversity of our country, and we have an opportunity to see what the judiciary should be — one reflective of our communities and whose varied professional experience will improve judicial decision-making.

“We are especially pleased that Judge Jackson and Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi, both of whom are Black women who have experience as public defenders, are one step closer to confirmation. It has been 10 years since the Senate confirmed a Black woman to serve on a federal appellate court. These highly qualified nominees have already demonstrated their commitment to civil rights, the Constitution, and building a justice system that serves all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. The country needs the Senate to move swiftly forward all five of these nominations.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, as well as The Leadership Conference’s statement on President Biden’s first slate of judicial nominations. 

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