Press Release

Alliance for Justice Urges Fresh Momentum for Judicial Confirmations 

July 27, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27, 2023 – This morning the White House announced President Biden’s 36th slate of judicial nominees, including two circuit court nominees in states with two Republican senators. With many vacancies remaining in such red states, Alliance for Justice looks forward to this slate establishing new momentum toward filling all the remaining vacancies on the federal courts. 

One notable nominee is Richard E. N. Federico, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Federico has dedicated much of his career to serving as a federal public defender and also brings unique experience with a background in the military. 

Both of the district court nominees will also bring important demographic diversity to the federal bench. Jeffrey Bryan will notably become the first Hispanic judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement: 

“Another outstanding slate of nominees! Today, President Biden tackles some of the crucial red state vacancies while also maintaining his commitment to adding professional and demographic diversity to our courts, proving once again that both can be done. We are grateful for his attention to this vital issue because there are still far too many vacancies on our courts. We look forward to the Senate continuing to follow the President’s lead and moving these nominees along to confirmation as soon as they can. But if Republican senators continue to abuse the blue slip to block diverse nominees from the bench, then Democrats should either eliminate or reform the process to ensure that our federal courts are fully staffed with judges who will provide justice for all, not just the wealthy and powerful.”