Senate Must Continue to Build a Judiciary Representative of the Nation with New Circuit Court Nominees

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

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 Eunice Lee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Veronica Rossman to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as well as Tana Lin, David Estudillo, and Lauren King to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington:

“Our nation needs more judges who are reflective of our communities and whose records demonstrate they will make fair and impartial decisions. Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing wonderfully represented the wide ranging professional and demographic diversity our judiciary sorely lacks. Each nominee, if confirmed, will bring valuable professional and lived experience to the bench. 

“Eunice Lee and Veronica Rossman, both public defenders, will add valuable professional experience to the circuit courts. Lee, like President Biden’s first two circuit court nominees, will be the only Black woman judge on her court. Tana Lin, Lauren King, and Judge David Estudillo all have impressive records demonstrating their commitment to civil rights, which will enrich the Western District of Washington. The Senate must move quickly to advance every well-qualified nominee with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmation of Eunice Lee and Veronica Rossman

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