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

Cindy K. Chung

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
NCJW supports Cindy K. Chung to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

NCJW supports Cindy K. Chung. Here’s why: As the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Ms. Chung oversees a staff of approximately 59 Assistant US Attorneys working in the criminal, civil, and appeals divisions of the office. A top federal prosecutor, Ms. Chung has consistently worked to secure justice for the public. … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
NCJW supports Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

NCJW supports Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves. Here’s why: Tamika Montgomery-Reeves currently serves as a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court, to which she was unanimously confirmed. She was the first Black woman and youngest jurist to serve on the court. Prior to her judgeship, she worked in the private sector on corporate governance, stockholder class action … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Bradley N. Garcia

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
NCJW supports Bradley N. Garcia to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

NCJW supports Bradley N. Garcia. Here’s why: Bradley N. Garcia currently serves as the Department of Justice’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. From his time as a clerk for federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan, to his time in private practice and in the federal government, Bradley Garcia … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Judge Dana M. Douglas

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
NCJW supports Judge Dana M. Douglas to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

NCJW supports Judge Dana M. Douglas. Here’s why: From her time in private practice and during her years as a US Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Dana M. Douglas has been committed to her community. Her professional affiliations and pro bono work in the state include service on the Louisiana Bar … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Roopali Desai

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NCJW supports Roopali Desai to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NCJW supports Roopali Desai. Here’s why: As a corporate attorney, Roopali H. Desai practices in the areas of complex litigation, political law, and civil appeals. She is also a leading election lawyer in the state of Arizona, with deep experience in all aspects of election law, including but not limited to ballot measures, referendum, regulatory … Continued

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes