President Biden and Senators Prioritize Reshaping Our Courts

Courts News 12.18,21

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’s confirmation of 40 Article III judicial nominations this year:

“For too long, our judiciary has served only some — not all of us. For our courts to serve us all, our federal judges must be committed to equal justice. We commend President Biden, Leader Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Durbin, and all senators who made our courts a priority and championed the 40 lifetime judicial nominees who look like America and reflect the vast experiential diversity our courts need to dispense justice. Our work will never end, and we look forward to making even more progress to ensure our judges uphold all of our rights — including the rights of working people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people, in addition to health care access, reproductive freedom, voting rights, and more.”

Background: More than half of the judges confirmed are women of color or Native American women, 80 percent are women, and more than two-thirds are people of color or Native American. Many of the judges confirmed possess public defender or civil rights experience.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 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