Federal courts are the last line of defense for our constitutional rights, and the judges who sit on them must be fair, independent, qualified, and reflect the communities they serve.

The US Circuit Courts of Appeals hear challenges to lower court decisions and have the last word on thousands of issues that impact our daily lives.

Below are the circuit court nominees NCJW has taken a position on:

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

Chief Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí, Jr.

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
NCJW supports Chief Judge Gelpí to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

NCJW Supports Chief Judge Gelpí. Here’s why:  Chief Judge Gelpí has heard over 1,600 cases since his unanimous confirmation to the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in 2006. While serving on the district court, he has been invited to sit on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit as … 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

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?