WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2022 – This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance six judicial nominees to consideration by the full Senate. These nominees will continue to add important demographic diversity still lacking on our federal courts and include several noteworthy highlights.
Cindy K. Chung, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, brings significant experience as a prosecutor of civil rights violations, including hate crimes, police misconduct, and medical fraud. She will be the first Asian-American judge to serve on the Third Circuit.
Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, also nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was the first Black woman to serve on both the Delaware Supreme Court and Delaware Court of Chancery. Given how many companies take advantage of Delaware’s incorporation policies, she brings unique experience in commercial law in addition to the many other kinds of cases she’s seen in her seven years on the court.
Mia Roberts Perez, one of several nominees to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has served as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas since her election in 2016. She brings experience both as a public defender and in private practice, which included representing members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America as well as significant criminal defense work. A Latina woman of multi-racial heritage, she would be the second Latina judge and the first Asian-American judge to serve on that district court.
Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement:
“We have a number of absolutely stunning advocates waiting to become judges and serve the nation. We owe the President and Senate a debt of gratitude for that. But candidly, the queue for Senate confirmations is growing and time is running out. These next few weeks and months may be our last opportunity to reverse the damage done to our courts by the Trump-McConnell judicial machine. And the last year should leave no doubt how urgent the need is to reverse that damage. Let’s get every single nominee across the finish line so that we can restore faith in a court system that upholds justice for all, not just the rich and powerful.”