Candace Jackson-Akiwumi

Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by the U.S. Senate on June 24, 2021. Judge Jackson-Akiwumi is the second Black woman to ever serve on the Seventh Circuit and the only person of color on the court today. She previously spent a decade with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, Inc. At the time of her confirmation, Judge Jackson-Akiwumi was only the third federal appellate judge to have spent a majority of their career as a public defender.