This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on June 15, 2023.
Biden has also made a significant push to diversify the federal bench in terms of judges’ professional backgrounds. With Schumer’s help in the Senate, the president has been confirming record numbers of public defenders and civil right attorneys to lifetime federal judgeships, a shift from the more traditional corporate lawyers tapped for these jobs.
“This week has been a breath of fresh air,” said Rakim Brooks, president of Alliance for Justice, another progressive judicial advocacy group. “Nusrat Choudhury is a legal rockstar who has dedicated her career to racial justice. The dream would be to have a federal bench full of judges just like her — those that have advocated for everyday Americans, not just the wealthy and powerful.”