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

Veronica Rossman

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
NCJW Supports Veronica Rossman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

NCJW Supports Veronica Rossman. Here’s why:  Veronica Rossman has spent her career ensuring all people are treated fairly and with dignity while navigating the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on fighting for her clients to have continued access to medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her extensive record as a … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Eunice Lee

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
NCJW Supports Eunice Lee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

NCJW Supports Eunice Lee. Here’s why:  For over 20 years, Eunice Lee has represented more than 380 clients as a public defender with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City in both federal and state appellate courts, focusing on post-conviction relief. Lee has spent her career ensuring her clients’ constitutional and statutory … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Tiffany Cunningham

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
NCJW Supports Tiffany Cunningham to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

NCJW Supports Tiffany Cunningham. Here’s why:  Tiffany Cunningham is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark office with over 20 years of experience in patent and intellectual property law. She also holds a BS in Chemical Engineering in addition to a law degree. Cunningham would bring a critical perspective as a trained … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Candace Jackson-Akiwumi

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
NCJW Supports Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

NCJW supports Candace Jackson-Akiwumi. Here’s why: Candace Jackson-Akiwumi has spent her career focused on the most vulnerable, from serving on a law school team that challenged a death row inmate’s sentence to working as a public defender for ten years in Chicago. She has argued cases related to immigration, sentencing, and the Fourth Amendment (search … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
NCJW Supports Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

NCJW Supports Ketanji Brown Jackson. Here’s why: Ketanji Brown Jackson has a wealth of experience, having served as a federal district court judge in Washington, DC, since 2013. A former public defender, assistant special counsel on the US Sentencing Commission, and law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, Jackson has a history of supporting reproductive health … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes