Bloomberg Law
March 31, 2021, 8:45 AM

Biden’s First Judicial Picks Balance Progressive Priorities

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

President Joe Biden’s first judicial nominations largely managed to satisfy progressives seeking to diversify the demographics and resumes of the federal bench.

Not a single white male made the list composed entirely of women and people of color and more than a third served as public defenders.

Yet Biden also chose four former federal prosecutors and several law firm partners, including Regina Rodriguez, who progressive groups had resisted as being of the traditional mold they want to avoid.

Progressive activists stayed mostly positive while hinting at disappointment that more of the nominees didn’t come from non-traditional backgrounds in public interest ...

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