The Leadership Conference Applauds Judge Shanlyn Park’s Historic Confirmation

Courts News 11.30.23

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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 Shanlyn Park to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii:

“The confirmation of Judge Shanlyn Park represents a tremendously important moment for our federal judiciary. In addition to the critical professional background she brings as a former public defender for 20 years, Judge Park makes history as the first Native Hawaiian woman to ever serve as a lifetime federal judge. We celebrate this long overdue milestone. Judge Park’s diverse professional and lived experiences will help to improve judicial decision-making, strengthen public trust in our courts, and bolster our democracy.

“We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Park, and we thank Senators Hirono and Schatz, in addition to President Biden, for their leadership. To continue building an equal justice judiciary that works for all of us, the White House and our senators must continue to select, nominate, and confirm to lifetime judgeships individuals who are highly qualified, professionally and demographically diverse, and committed to civil and human rights.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Judge Shanlyn Park.

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