Judge Merriam Brings Vital Public Defender Experience to the Second Circuit

Courts News 09.15.22

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 confirmed Judge Sarah Merriam to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“Judge Merriam’s substantial time as a judge — and as a public defender who helped ensure access to justice for people who could not afford an attorney — will strengthen the Second Circuit. We need more highly qualified jurists who have worked to uphold the rights of all people, particularly those impacted by the criminal-legal system, at all levels of our federal judiciary. Judge Merriam brings that underrepresented experience to this important court.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Judge Sarah Merriam.

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 www.civilrights.org.