WASHINGTON, D.C., December 13, 2022 – The Senate Judiciary Committee today held what is expected to be its last hearing for judicial nominees of the congressional term. While it is unlikely today’s nominees will receive their confirmation votes by the end of the term, their nominations will be able to progress upon their renomination in the new year. Alliance for Justice supports these nominees and looks forward to their final confirmations in the coming months.
Bios for some of the standout nominees from today’s hearing can be found below.
Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement:
“Chairman Durbin has demonstrated steady leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ushering more than 130 nominees through the nomination process and laying the groundwork for even more of them to be confirmed in the new year. While there are many more judicial vacancies left to fill, the work to restore faith in our federal courts is getting done. We look forward to seeing these outstanding nominees — and more to come — confirmed over the next two years. A special congratulations to Mr. Subramanian who, if confirmed, will be the first South Asian judge to serve on the Southern District of New York.”
Arun Subramanian, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, has extensive legal experience as both a clerk and partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, where he chairs the firm’s pro bono committee. If confirmed, Mr. Subramanian will be the first South Asian judge in the Southern District of New York.
Casey Pitts, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, has spent most of his career litigating complex labor law cases. He has represented workers, international and local labor unions, consumers, government entities, and public interest organizations. If confirmed, Mr. Pitts would be the only openly LGBTQ+ judge actively serving in the Northern District of California.
Judge Gordon Gallagher, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, has been serving as a part-time federal Magistrate Judge since 2012. His ongoing legal practice has focused on criminal defense work, including as an alternate defense counsel for public defenders. As a judge, he has also presided over a significant number of cases related to tribal law.