WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2014) — The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) applauds the Senate’s recent confirmation of President Obama’s diverse and distinguished judicial nominees.
The Lawyers’ Committee celebrates President Obama’s continued commitment to making the federal judiciary a truer reflection of the diverse nation in which it serves.
Judge Darrin Gayles (Southern District Court of Florida) is the first openly gay African American male confirmed to serve on the federal bench.
Staci Yandle (Southern District of Illinois) is the first African American confirmed to serve on the on this court, as well as, the first openly LGBT person confirmed to serve on the federal bench in the Seventh Circuit.
Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. (Eastern District Court of Washington) is the first Latino to serve on that court.
Richard Boulware, II, (District Court of Nevada) is the first African American male confirmed to serve on Nevada’s federal bench.
Judge Diane Humetawa (District Court of Arizona) is the first Native American woman confirmed to serve on the federal bench.
Judge Indira Talwani (District Court of Massachusetts) is the first person of Asian descent confirmed to serve on the First Circuit.
“We are a country rich with diversity, it is essential that we have a judicial branch that is a reflection of the people it serves,” said Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Barbara R. Arnwine. “This White House continues to break down barriers that for too long impeded the faith of historically marginalized communities in the integrity of the judiciary.”
“Diversity is forever evolving and should not be confined to a static definition of years past. As the demographics of this country change, so must the representation of those on our federal benches.said Lawyers’ Committee Public Policy Director Tanya Clay House. “We look forward to the confirmation of both Leslie Joyce Abrams and Judge Eleanor Louise Ross, both of whom will be the first two African American women to serve on the federal bench in Georgia.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50thanniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice.