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

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

Justice Beth Robinson

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
NCJW Supports Justice Beth Robinson's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

NCJW Supports Justice Beth Robinson. Here’s why: Justice Beth Robinson currently serves on the Vermont Supreme Court. A pioneer in shaping the litigation and legislative strategy behind same-sex marriage, Justice Robinson made history in 2011 as the first openly LGBTQ Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Myrna Pérez

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
NCJW supports Myrna Pérez to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

NCJW Supports Myrna Pérez. Here’s why:  Myrna Pérez has outstanding credentials and experience — she has argued in cutting edge and complex cases in federal and state courthouses all across the country taught at both Columbia and New York University law schools, testified before Congress and several state legislatures on a variety of voting rights … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

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