Merle Brings Crucial Perspectives to the Federal Judiciary

Courts News, Media 06.21.23

Contact: Rachel Hooper, [email protected]

WASHINGTONLena 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 Natasha Merle to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York:

“We are delighted that the Senate confirmed Natasha Merle, whose distinguished career and commitment to civil rights make her eminently qualified to serve on the federal bench. She has devoted her brilliant career to protecting the rights of all people, including defending the freedom to vote and fighting bias in the criminal-legal system. We thank President Biden, Leader Schumer, and Senator Gillibrand for their selection of Ms. Merle, who will bring vital and much-needed perspectives to the Eastern District of New York, and we commend the senators who supported her long-awaited confirmation.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Natasha Merle.

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