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Biden’s seven new judicial nominees include first Latino for DC Circuit

U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

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  • Garcia would be the first Latino on DC Circuit if confirmed
  • Biden also names nominees for the 5th and 9th circuits

(Reuters) – President Joe Biden unveiled seven new judicial nominees on Wednesday, including U.S. Justice Department official Bradley Garcia, who would become the first Latino to serve on the influential federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Garcia, a veteran appellate attorney and former legal clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, currently in the Justice Department’s Office of Counsel, has been nominated to join the States Court of Appeals States for the District of Columbia circuit.

Biden also made her first nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by selecting U.S. Magistrate Judge Dana Douglas, a former Liskow & Lewis partner, to be the New York-based conservative court’s first woman of color. -Orleans.

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Another candidate, Roopali Desai, partner of Coppersmith Brockelman in Arizona, would become, if confirmed, the first South Asian person to serve on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco.

Coupled with four new nominees to serve in the district courts of Puerto Rico and Minnesota, Biden has announced a total of 105 federal judicial nominees since taking office in January 2021, according to the White House.

The White House said the candidates continue to fulfill Biden’s commitment to diversify the federal bench, a large majority of which are women, people of color or lawyers with a background in civil rights and public defense.

Garcia, who joined the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel as deputy assistant attorney general in February from O’Melveny & Myers, is Biden’s fourth DC Circuit nominee, who many consider the second most important. after the United States Supreme Court.

Its notoriety is due to a file full of cases concerning government decisions and regulations. Three current Supreme Court justices have served on it, as has Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Jackson was nominated by Biden at the DC Circuit last year. Two of Biden’s other DC Circuit nominees, U.S. District Judges J. Michelle Childs and Florence Pan, are awaiting Senate confirmation.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund pressured Biden to nominate more Latinos to the bench, a call it renewed after Biden’s last nomination to the DC Circuit, whose three picks so far were two black women and an Asian American.

Garcia would succeed U.S. Circuit Judge Judith Rogers, an appointee of former Democratic President Bill Clinton who announced last month that she was considering taking senior status, a form of semi-retirement that creates vacancies. that the presidents can provide.

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