Robinson and Sung Represent What Our Appellate Courts Need

Courts Resources 09.14.21

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 after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the nominations of Justice Beth Robinson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Jennifer Sung to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

“Justice Beth Robinson and Jennifer Sung will strengthen our federal appellate courts by bringing much-needed diversity to the bench. Justice Robinson is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Second Circuit given her extensive experience on the Vermont Supreme Court and her tireless work to recognize the rights of the LGBTQ community under law. It is also remarkable that she would be the first openly lesbian woman to serve on a circuit court.

“Sung will be an excellent addition to the Ninth Circuit, having already served as a fair-minded arbiter on the Oregon Employment Relations Board. She also has extensive experience in protecting the rights of working people, which is a much-needed perspective in our courts. She would be only the third Asian American and Pacific Islander woman to serve on our appellate courts, and the first AAPI person from Oregon to serve on the Ninth Circuit. Both Robinson and Sung will bring important professional, racial, and gender diversity to the federal bench. This is exactly what our courts need, and the Senate should act on their nominations quickly.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmations of Justice Beth Robinson and Jennifer Sung.

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