President Biden’s Third Slate of Judicial Nominees Continues Emphasis on Criminal Defense Experience – Reason.com

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President Biden’s Third Slate of Judicial Nominees Continues Emphasis on Criminal Defense Experience – Reason.com

Today the White House announced its third list of candidates for federal courts, including three for federal appeals courts. It is particularly noteworthy that all three current candidates for calling for vacancies have experience as defense lawyers. This is important in that while there are a large number of federal judges who are former prosecutors, there are relatively few federal judges who have been public defenders.

The three current appointment candidates are:

  • For the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals: Chief Justice Gustavo A. Gelpí of the U.S. District Court for the Puerto Rico District. Among other things, Judge Gelpí was deputy federal defender from 1993 to 1996.
  • For the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals: Eunice C. Lee, an assistant federal attorney with the New York Federal Defenders.
  • On behalf of the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals: Veronica S. Rossman, Senior Counsel to the Attorney General’s Office for Colorado and Wyoming Districts.

The White House also announced nominations for district courts in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington.

This brings President Biden’s total judicial nominations to 20, none of which have yet been confirmed. To date there are a total of 81 current vacancies at the Bundesbank and 26 future vacancies.