President Obama Pushes to Diversify Judiciary

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after meeting with Congressional leaders at the White House, March 1, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In the past several months, President Obama has been making a quiet push to change the face of the nation's judicial system through a slow and steady stream of diverse nominees for federal courts.  In Florida,  he nominated the first openly gay black man to serve on federal district court.  In New York, he nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And in DC, he nominated the first South Asian to sit on the US Court of Appeals. 

Since the start of the year, the president has nominated 3 dozen judicial candidates in total -- and he's expected to name even more in the coming months.  Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and law professor at the University of Maryland.  She also writes about legal issues for She explains what hurdles these candidates may face and what potential these nominations represent.


Sherrilyn Ifill

Produced by:

Mythili Rao and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"a vote to vote" - that is the sludge of our judicial system...people got paid today in order to "vote to vote" - that can be cut from the budget first.

Mar. 06 2013 05:37 PM
joe davis

What? She's not transgender? (would she then be a 'he'?and then would he be gay not lesbian? Listeners want to know!...I feel left out and won't feel whole until more transgender lesbian/gay hispanic/asian( pacific island asian only please!) are appointed to positions of power..)
You call that diversity?

Mar. 06 2013 09:41 AM

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