Senate Must Confirm Jackson-Akiwumi

Courts Resources 06.23,21

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on today’s Senate vote to advance the nomination of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

“For far too long, our courts have not reflected the incredible diversity of our communities, and this is especially true for the Seventh Circuit, which has not had a single judge of color for years. We applaud the president and Senate for moving to right that wrong and make our federal judiciary fairer and more representative of the nation. Jackson-Akiwumi, who dedicated her career to service as a public defender, will no doubt be an exceptional judge on the Seventh Circuit. With her considerable intellect and proven experience, she will work to bring us closer to achieving ‘equal justice under the law.’

“President Biden has demonstrated his commitment to holding our judiciary to the highest standards with his nominations. Now, the Senate must confirm Jackson-Akiwumi to the Seventh Circuit.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmation of 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