Strickland Confirmation Increases Much-Needed Professional Diversity on the Federal Bench

Courts Resources 09.21.21

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTONWade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the below statement following the Senate’s vote to confirm Margaret Strickland to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico:

“Margaret Strickland’s background as a public defender and her commitment to pursuing equal justice for all will bring a much-needed perspective to the district court. We know that judicial decision-making is improved by diversifying the bench, and we are pleased that President Biden and the Senate are prioritizing the confirmation of judges with diverse professional and personal experience. We applaud Senators Heinrich and Luján for their support in the selection of Strickland and the full Senate for confirming this important nomination.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of Margaret Strickland’s confirmation.

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