(Washington) President Joe Biden and the Democratic majority Senate are appointing judges at a pace his predecessors, including former President Donald Trump, have not seen.
Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 9:31 am
Mark Sherman and Darlene Superville Associated Press
Eight judges have already been confirmed in their new offices, including potential Supreme Court candidate Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has just joined the Washington Federal Court of Appeals.
In addition, more than 30 other judicial appointments are under confirmation, with a total of 100 seats to be filled.
At the same time of year, four years ago, the Republican-controlled Senate had only confirmed Donald Trump’s four appointments to the judiciary, including Neil Gorsuch’s.
During the last two Democratic presidencies, 1993 and 2009, no judge was appointed until the end of July.
The last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had been slow in appointing judges, but both faced the daunting task of filling Supreme Court seats, which had slowed the process down.
Progressives have tried to convince Judge Stephen Breyer to resign this summer, but the 82-year-old leader of the liberal wing has shown that he is determined to be in office when the court returns in October.
Those who wanted Judge Breyer to leave have not hidden their disappointment, but are still pleased with the variety of nominations announced by Joe Biden so far. We are seeing more ethnic diversity, gender diversity and even diversity of experience in the judiciary. This is in stark contrast to the predominantly white male-dominated appointments under the Trump administration.
Since the arrival of the Biden administration, we have stepped on the bench alongside the more typical appointments of prosecutors and lawyers from large law firms.
The outgoing president of the liberal organization “Alliance for Justice”, Nan Aron, is not too concerned about Judge Breyer’s decision to remain in office. However, she fears that the weak Democratic majority in the Senate will be compromised and a Republican Senate will block a Democratic nomination, as happened when Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Still, Aron says she is “so pleased with the pace and quality of Joe Biden’s appointments,” especially given the diverse career paths of the new jurors.
Among the new appointments, we highlight that of Tiffany Cunningham, the first black woman to stand on the Washington appeals court, and that of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, the second only black woman to stand on the Chicago Federal Appeal Appeals.
Also noteworthy is the appointment of civil law attorney Myrna Perez to the bank of the Federal Court of Appeals in New York. She is said to be the first woman from Latin America to be appointed to the Supreme Court there since Sonia Sotomayor left.