Gender, ethnicity, religion, advance as top qualifiers for the federal bench
Frail Joe Biden’s handlers have announced the administration’s first slate of 11 federal judicial nominations to fill federal circuit and district court vacancies. Legal qualifications are incidental, though the list referred to in a statement as “groundbreaking“ and “trailblazing,” focused on their “broad diversity of background experience and perspective.”
Nine of the nominees are women. Three are identified as black, others as a “Muslim American and an Asian American and Pacific Islander.”
The black women nominated for federal circuit court vacancies include Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Tiffany Cunningham for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Regina Rodriguez has been nominated for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
Firsts matter. Zahid N. Quraishi, a New Jersey magistrate judge, would be the nation’s first Muslim American of Pakistani heritage to serve on a federal district court. Judge Florence Pan would be the first Asian-American judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta, an East Indian-American, appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser as an Administrative Judge for the D.C. Rental Housing Commission is also on the PC list.