Biden’s Extraordinary Record on Black Female Appellate Nominations…
Biden has nominated black women to federal appellate seats at more than 22 times their numbers among American lawyers.…
Biden nominated seven black women to appellate judgeships in his first year. Obama nominated three over eight years. I explore reasons for the vast discrepancy.…
Other groups haven't fared as well. Biden has nominated Hispanics to appellate judgeships at much less than half (and arguably just above a quarter) of the black nomination rate.…
The big losers (I take some delight in noting) are liberal white males. By the ABA’s numbers, white males account for more than half of American lawyers. Yet only two of Biden’s eighteen appellate nominees (11%) are white males.…

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A bit odd how White House press release focuses on other nominee.…
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Long delay in making this pick (vacancy arose in February) is presumably due to infighting. Hispanic activists evidently lost.
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