This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on March 20, 2023.
With their nominations, Biden will have announced 161 judicial nominees. The Senate has confirmed 117 of them, most of whom have been women and people of color, in keeping with Biden’s pledge to diversify the federal bench.
The progressive Alliance for Justice says Biden has also won the confirmation of a record 31 judicial nominees with backgrounds as public defenders, whose ranks in the judiciary are small compared to former prosecutors and law firm partners.
Hurson, if confirmed, would add to that record, after spending much of his career as a federal public defender before being named a magistrate judge in 2022.