Jessica Clarke’s Civil Rights Experience Will Make Her an Exceptional Jurist

Courts News 03.16,23

Contact: Dena Craig, [email protected]

WASHINGTONLena Zwarensteyn, senior director of the fair courts program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Jessica Clarke to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York:

“Jessica Clarke is eminently qualified to serve on this court. As a civil rights lawyer, she has worked to ensure equal access to the ballot box, hold police officers accountable, and challenge discriminatory housing practices. Clarke’s long-overdue confirmation is also an important step towards ensuring that our federal courts reflect and represent the diversity of our nation, and we commend those senators who supported her confirmation.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Jessica Clarke.

The Leadership Conference recently released “Persevere: Our Ongoing Fight for an Equal Justice Judiciary,” a report detailing progress by the Biden administration and the Senate during the 117th Congress to nominate and confirm diverse and highly qualified federal judges who are committed to civil and human rights. Read it here.

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