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

Dale Ho

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
NCJW Supports Dale Ho to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

NCJW supports Dale Ho. Here’s why: Dale Ho, currently the Director of the Voting Rights Project at the ACLU, has dedicated his career to making sure our democracy remains strong, protecting our freedom to vote, and safeguarding the rights of everyone. He began his legal career with a prestigious Fried Frank Fellowship, spending two years … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge Holly A. Thomas

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NCJW Supports Judge Holly A. Thomas to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NCJW Supports Judge Holly A. Thomas. Here’s why: Judge Thomas has spent the bulk of her career primarily as a civil rights litigator, working for both the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice. Since 2018, Thomas has served as a judge on the Los … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge Lucy H. Koh

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NCJW Supports Judge Lucy H. Koh to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NCJW Supports Lucy Koh. Here’s why: Judge Lucy H. Koh has served as a US District Court Judge for the Northern District of California since 2010, the first Korean-American district judge and a position to which she was confirmed unanimously by the US Senate. Prior to her confirmation as a federal judge, Judge Koh worked … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge Gabriel P. Sanchez

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NCJW Supports Judge Gabriel P. Sanchez to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NCJW Supports Judge Gabriel P. Sanchez. Here’s why: Judge Gabriel P. Sanchez has spent a majority of his career working in California state government primarily in legal affairs, civil rights, and criminal justice reform. Since 2018, he has served as an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District — the first … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Jennifer Sung

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NCJW Supports Jennifer Sung to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NCJW Supports Jennifer Sung. Here’s why:  A union organizer-turned-labor attorney, Jennifer Sung has spent her career advocating for workers’ rights. She is currently a member of the Oregon Employment Relations Board, hearing labor disputes from thousands of workers covered by collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors. Prior to this, Sung worked at … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes