Margaret Garnett’s Confirmation Strengthens Our Federal Judiciary

Courts News 11.28,23

Contact: Patrick McNeil, [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 Margaret Garnett to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York:

“We are pleased the Senate confirmed Margaret Garnett. Her significant background holding those in positions of power accountable — including overseeing the investigation into the NYPD’s shameful handling of racial justice protests during the summer of 2020 — is critically important experience that demonstrates her commitment to pursuing equal justice for all. For people in the Southern District of New York and across the nation, her confirmation matters.

“We applaud the Senate for confirming Garnett and thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for continuing to help select outstanding nominees for our federal bench. The White House and our senators must continue working to fill all judicial vacancies with nominees who are highly qualified, professionally and demographically diverse, and committed to equal justice for all.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Margaret Garnett.

Prior to Garnett’s confirmation, The Leadership Conference supported diverse nominees with civil rights experience to the federal bench in New York, including Eunice Lee, Myrna Pérez, and Alison Nathan for the Second Circuit, as well as district court nominees Nina Morrison, Jessica Clarke, Dale Ho, Nusrat Choudhury, and Natasha Merle.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 240 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