Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Five Outstanding Judicial Nominees

Courts Resources 07.15,21

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 the Senate Judiciary Committee’s votes today to advance the nominations of Eunice Lee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Veronica Rossman to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Tana Lin, David Estudillo, and Lauren King to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington:

“President Biden is proving his commitment to nominating judges who are extremely well qualified, possess a deep commitment to civil and human rights, have varied professional experiences, and reflect the diversity of America. We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee members who voted to advance five incredible nominees whose professional and lived experiences will bring tremendous value to our federal courts. Together, Biden and the Senate are taking the exact bold action needed to make sure our courts work for all of us, not just those who are wealthy and powerful. The Senate must now swiftly confirm all of these highly respected and qualified nominees.”


In addition to their exceptional and varied professional backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to civil rights, all five nominees bring vital representation to the federal courts. If confirmed, Eunice Lee would be the only Black woman judge and the only judge with experience as a public defender on the Second Circuit. Veronica Rossman would become the first immigrant to serve on the Tenth Circuit and the only judge with experience as a public defender on that court. All three of the Western District of Washington nominees also bring a wide range of diversity and experience: Lauren King would become the first Native American Article III judge to serve in Washington state; David Estudillo would be only the second Latino judge to ever serve on this court; and Tana Lin would be the first Asian American judge on this court. 

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