WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27, 2022 – This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider five of President Biden’s judicial nominees. Unless the committee continues its work through August, this is the last hearing it will hold until after Labor Day, while more than a dozen judicial nominees are still awaiting their hearings.
One of the standout nominees at today’s hearing was Bradley N. Garcia, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often dubbed “the second highest court in the country” after the Supreme Court. Garcia would be the first Latinx judge to sit on this court since it was established in 1893. He has been serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel since earlier this year, but for the previous decade, he served as an appellate litigator in over 50 cases, including significant pro bono work. He also served as a law clerk for Justice Elena Kagan on the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Thomas Griffith on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The hearing also featured:
- Dana M. Douglas (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)
- Jerry W. Blackwell (U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota)
- Anne M. Nardacci (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York)
- Frances Kay Behm (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan)
Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement:
“It’s wonderful to see Bradley Garcia have his hearing. He is a remarkable nominee, so deserving, and we are long overdue to have a Latino on the D.C. Circuit.
“Unfortunately, time is running out for many of the other nominees who have incredible records and would also bring important diversity to our federal courts. This is why the Senate absolutely needs to rethink its August recess and continue the important work of confirming as many judicial nominees as possible. Our courts are still saturated with Trump judges who pose a serious threat to democracy and human rights. With the midterm elections possibly threatening control of the Senate, there is no time to waste to get all of President Biden’s nominees a committee hearing and final floor vote to get them across the finish line.”