WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2021 – Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for five of President Biden’s first judicial nominees: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (D.C. Circuit), Candace Jackson-Akiwumi (Seventh Circuit), Judge Zahid N. Quraishi (District of New Jersey), Julien Neals (District of New Jersey), and Regina Rodriguez (District of Colorado). All five demonstrated that they are exceptionally qualified and deserving of confirmation to their respective positions. Jackson and Jackson-Akiwumi would be the first Black women confirmed to appeals courts in a decade, while Quraishi would be the first Muslim American federal judge ever.
Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:
“Today we saw a slate of prospective judges easily demonstrate how well-suited they are to serve our justice system. Shame on Senate Republicans for their petty attempts to smear these nominees’ exemplary records. After four years of Trump’s extreme and unqualified nominees who were mostly white men, it is refreshing to see brilliant Black women like Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi advancing to the bench. We need judges who resemble the people who enter the courtroom, and who bring professional experience like serving as a public defender to better appreciate the rights of the accused. All five of these nominees deserve a swift confirmation, as do those to come.”