Bloomekatz and Hanes Have Worked to Protect the Rights of All People

Courts News 06.22.22

Contact: Rachel Hooper, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, senior director of the fair courts program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Rachel Bloomekatz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Elizabeth Hanes to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia:

“The nominees we heard from today are eminently qualified and many have spent their careers protecting the civil and human rights of all people. Rachel Bloomekatz has extensive litigation experience across a broad range of civil rights issues, including voting rights and economic justice. Judge Elizabeth Hanes will similarly bring underrepresented experiences to the bench as a former public defender who has worked to ensure that our criminal-legal system is fairer for more people. The Senate must move quickly to confirm these outstanding nominees to move our judiciary closer to upholding equal justice for all.”

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