Judges who serve in lifetime seats on the federal courts make decisions that impact women, children, and families.  From the schools we can attend to whom we can marry, federal judges impact every aspect of our lives.

Our courts, by the numbers

(as of May 1, 2021)
74%
of all sitting judges are white…

with white men making up 60% of the federal bench.

51%
of the population are women…

yet only 33% of the federal bench

43%
of people living in America are people of color…

yet make up only 26% of the federal bench.

Federal courts should reflect the communities they serve. Bringing diverse experiences and perspectives to the bench allows judges to make better-informed decisions, in addition to increasing public confidence in their rulings.

Because #CourtsMatter, NCJW believes all federal judges must be:

Fair

Do they respect equality and justice for all and understand the impact of the law on everyone?

Independent

Are they impartial, nonpartisan, and not influenced by outside parties or interests?

Qualified

Have they been objectively assessed for their experience, competence, principles, and temperament?

Meet a Federal Judicial Nominee

Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
NCJW supports Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

NCJW supports Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis. Here’s why: Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and a former United States magistrate judge of the same court. Prior to serving on the bench, she spent almost two decades prosecuting cases at … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Arianna Freeman

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
NCJW supports Arianna Freeman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

NCJW supports Arianna Freeman. Here’s why: Arianna Freeman has dedicated her entire legal career to public service. She is a public defender, currently serving as the Managing Attorney of the Non-Capital Habeas Unit for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where she represents state and federal inmates challenging the legality of their convictions and sentences. Ms. … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Nancy Abudu

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
NCJW supports Nancy Abudu to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

NCJW supports Nancy Abudu. Here’s why: Nancy Abudu is a first generation Ghanaian-American attorney and a well-respected member of the federal bar with a proven track record of protecting the rights of everyone, no matter their race, religion, or background. She has deep experience in the very circuit for which she has been nominated, from … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge J. Michelle Childs

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
NCJW supports Judge J. Michelle Childs to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

NCJW supports Judge J. Michelle Childs. Here’s why: Judge J. Michelle Childs has worked in private practice, state government, and on state and federal courts in South Carolina. She has expertise in a range of issues that would come before her if confirmed to the DC Circuit Court — from employment and labor to voting … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge Alison Nathan

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
NCJW supports Judge Alison Nathan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

NCJW supports Judge Alison Nathan. Here’s why: Judge Alison Nathan, who has served as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York since 2011, has had a long and distinguished legal career. After receiving her law degree from Cornell Law School in 2000, she clerked for Judge Betty … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes