Merriam, Montecalvo, and Cartwright’s Experiences Will Benefit the Federal Bench

Contact: Kiren Marshall, [email protected]

WASHINGTON Lena Zwarensteyn, senior director, fair courts program, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Judge Sarah Merriam to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Lara Montecalvo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Tiffany Cartwright to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington:

“In today’s hearing, Judge Sarah Merriam, Lara Montecalvo, and Tiffany Cartwright proved they are ready to serve on our federal courts.

“All three nominees have demonstrated their commitment to civil and human rights. Judge Merriam has shown a dedication to public service and the protection of people’s rights throughout her career, with her significant experience as an assistant federal defender that will benefit the Second Circuit. Similarly, Ms. Montecalvo’s extensive background as a public defender and her commitment to pursuing equal justice for all people is a welcome addition to the First Circuit. And Ms. Cartwright’s vast civil rights experience, including her work on police misconduct and employment discrimination, makes her uniquely qualified to join the federal bench in Washington. We strongly urge the Senate to take quick action in confirming these outstanding nominees.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmations of Judge Sarah Merriam and Lara Montecalvo.

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