President Joe Biden Covers a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Kamala Harris along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
About the dais behind him, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
The day after addressing a joint session of Congress plus a Senate hearing to get his very first masterpiece of national judicial nominees, President Joe Biden continued to highlight cultural and legal diversity to the bench in his next wave of applicants on Thursday.
These nominees are David Estudillo, Who’s now the Presiding Judge of the Grant County Superior Court in Ephrata, Washington; Tana Lin, a member of the Complex Litigation Group of the Seattle, Washington-based company Keller Rohrback LLP; and Christine O’Hearn, who focuses on complex litigation with the New Jersey-based company Brown & Connery LLP.
Estudillo and Lin have been nominated for the Western District of Washington, also Biden tapped O’Hearn for the District of New Jersey.
In his campaign video for the Grant County Superior Court bench some five years back, Estudillo cast his judicial trip in the United States because the”narrative of the American dream”
The son of immigrants who arrived in the United States because farmworkers, Estudillo’s parents saved up to have a grocery shop, where their son worked to pay his way through law school. He started the first decade of his career as a solo practitioner in his self-named law company and concentrated on immigration law and general civil litigation between 2005 and 2015.
Four years after receiving her J.D. from New York University in 1991, Lin cut her teeth in serving the public–first in the Public Defender Service for the District o Columbia then together with all the U.S. Department of Justice Employment Litigation Section for the remainder of the decade.
Lin’s tenure as public protector continues a running tendency for Biden’s nominees.
The president’s initial two judicial nominees, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson along with Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, are equally Black women with histories because public defenders. Republican nominees were keen to question on Wednesday whether they had experience protecting accused terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. Only Judge Jackson, looking for a promotion to the U.S. Court of Appeals for its D.C. Circuit, did, once.
Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Emphasized the federal bench could use more judges who have undergone each corner of the legal system.
“You have an extraordinary background in getting served in the public defender office representing… people who regularly struggle in our system of justice,” Durbin told Judge Jackson and Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi on Wednesday. “I think we understand that we’re engaged in a national dialogue about justice, long overdue”
Judge Jackson also spoke about the importance of diversity on the bench.
“It’s kind of similar to the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote which the lifetime of the law isn’t logic it’s experience,” Jackson wrote. “And so I have experienced life in perhaps a different manner than a few of my coworkers because of who I am.”
That conversation is very likely to come up again during Lin’s confirmation hearing.
As a partner at Brown & Connery LLP, O’Hearn concentrated on complex labor and employment litigation. She became an adjunct professor in the Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, between 2006 and 2007. Biden allegedly nominated her to the recommendation of Garden State Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
“Ms. O’Hearn has spent much of her career advocating for women in the office and safeguarding the rights of workers against worker discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment,” Menendez wrote in a statement. “She’s well-versed in labor and employment legislation, is smart, thorough, and detail oriented, and I believe she’ll serve the people of New Jersey well through her administration of fair and impartial justice.”
Booker shared his fellow New Jersey senator’s fulsome praise of O’Hearn.
“Christine O’Hearn is a talented, seasoned, and distinguished litigator who will serve honorably as a federal judge,” Booker composed. “During her career, Ms. O’Hearn has demonstrated a profound commitment to justice as well as an appreciation for the impact which our courts have about the people of our nation.”
The New Jersey Globe noted that O’Hearn would be the 10th female judge in that district in the event confirmed.
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty)
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