Biden will nominate first Pakistani-American to serve as federal judge

Biden unveils first slate of judicial nominees featuring diverse and history-making selections

Quraishi, a Rutgers Law School graduate who now serves as a US magistrate judge, is one of Biden's first 10 nominations to the federal courts that placed heavy emphasis on his stated goal of promoting diversity across the government.

"This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession", Biden said in a statement. "Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people - and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong".

The White House announced the presidential nominations on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden announced his first judicial picks on Tuesday, noting that his nominations would boost the diversity of the federal judiciary.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Biden nominated to the federal bench. Jackson, who is Black, would fill the vacancy created by Garlend's move to lead the Justice Department. For district court nominees, positive blue slips were required from both home-state senators for a nominee to receive a confirmation hearing.

She was considered by Obama for the 2016 Supreme Court nomination that ultimately went to Garland, whose confirmation was blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate in 2016.

On the campaign trail, Biden vowed to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court, should a vacancy open during his term.

Former federal public defender and law partner Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. "But old habits die hard for some senators who are used to recommending corporate lawyers and prosecutors for federal judgeships". She serves as trial and appellate counsel for large multinational companies, as well as small enterprises, and individuals in complex patent and trade secret disputes.


Jackson, 50, is regularly mentioned as a potential Supreme Court judge some day.

Jackson-Akiwumi is a former clerk from the Northern District of IL and the Fourth Circuit. The aide also noted that for district court nominees, which required positive blue slips from both home-state senators to proceed, Democrats worked in good faith with the Trump administration to identify consensus district court nominees in blue and purple states, and expect Republicans to do the same. Mr. Obama had named one circuit court judge and three district court judges. Early in her career, Jackson served as a public defender in the District of Columbia, career experience some supporters have praised.

While working on domestic relations matters in private practice, Judge Puttagunta also provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services by volunteering at D.C. Superior Court's Family Court Self-Help Center and Attorney Negotiator Program and representing victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "With respect to Circuit and District Courts, none of the last four administrations had nominated more than two candidates by this point in their presidency". He became county counsel in January 2015 and has served in an acting capacity since June 2016.

Judge Florence Y. Pan to the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Pan, who is AAPI, has been an associate judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia since 2009. She has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since 2013. Jackson-Akiwumi a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, L.L.P.in Washington, D.C. who focuses "complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and investigations", according to the White House press release.

- Regina Rodriguez, for the US District Court for the District of Colorado.

- Margaret Strickland, nominee for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico.

In a 2019 case over construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, she found that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear environmentalists' challenge to the Trump administration's decision to exempt itself from key environmental laws (Greenwire, Sept. 5, 2019).

Judge Puttagunta now serves as an Administrative Judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission. Puttagunta serves as an administrative judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission.

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