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Judith Levy

First openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan takes oath

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
DETROIT -- The first openly lesbian federal judge in the U.S. 6th Circuit was sworn in Tuesday by Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. [ Read more → ]
Judith Levy

U.S. Senate confirms first out lesbian to federal bench in Michigan

Saturday, March 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate this week voted to confirm Judith Levy as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Levy, 55, becomes the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan. [ Read more → ]
Michael Boggs

Twenty-seven liberal groups oppose Obama judicial nominee

Thursday, February 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-seven liberal groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to reject one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. [ Read more → ]
Darrin Gayles

Obama nominates diverse group of candidates for U.S. courts

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama nominated a diverse group of candidates Wednesday to be judges as the White House tries to address concerns from black lawmakers about minority representation on the federal bench. [ Read more → ]
Todd M. Hughes

U.S. Senate confirms nation’s first openly gay federal appellate judge

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Todd M. Hughes to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, making him the first openly gay person to serve as a federal appellate judge. [ Read more → ]
Marco Rubio

Rubio withdraws support for nomination of gay black judge to federal bench

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has withdrawn his support for the nomination of an openly gay Miami judge after expressing concerns about the judge’s “fitness” for the federal bench. [ Read more → ]
Nitza Quiñones Alejandro

U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay Latina to serve on the federal bench

Thursday, June 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the first ever openly gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench. [ Read more → ]
Pamela Ki Mai Chen

U.S. Senate confirms openly lesbian federal prosecutor for U.S. judgeship

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed confirmed the nomination of Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
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Obama names openly gay attorney to federal appeals court

Friday, February 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday nominated for a seat on the federal judiciary a gay Justice Department attorney who, upon confirmation, would make history. [ Read more → ]
Nitza Quiñones Alejandro

Obama nominates openly lesbian Hispanic judge to federal bench

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, who currently serves on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, for a federal judgeship with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [ Read more → ]
Jim Humes (left) and Paula S. Rosenstein

Calif. governor appoints state’s first gay appellate justice; names lesbian to San Diego bench

Friday, November 23, 2012
Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday made judicial history by appointing the first openly gay justice to serve on the California Court of Appeals. [ Read more → ]
William Thomas

Obama nominates openly gay, African American judge to federal bench

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama sent the names of seven judges to the Senate Wednesday as his nominees for currently vacant slots in the federal judiciary, including an openly gay African-American nominee. [ Read more → ]
Pamela Ki Mai Chen

Schumer nominates openly lesbian federal prosecutor for U.S. judgeship

Thursday, August 2, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
Tracy Thorne-Begland

Virginia Circuit Court appoints openly gay prosecutor to interim judgeship

Thursday, June 14, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Circuit Court on Thursday appointed openly gay Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland to fill one of several vacancies on the city District Court, just one month after the state’s General Assembly rejected his nomination. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Senate confirms gay nominee to California federal court

Thursday, March 15, 2012
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed to the bench a gay judicial nominee whom Republicans had held up for four months from receiving a floor vote along with other appointees. [ Read more → ]
Harry Reid

Reid to force vote on gay judicial nominee

Monday, March 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday filed cloture on 17 federal judicial nominees — including an openly gay appointee — that have been barred from obtaining confirmation votes on the Senate floor. [ Read more → ]
Bruce Harris

NJ Governor nominates openly gay mayor to state Supreme Court

Monday, January 23, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday nominated Bruce Harris, an openly gay African-American Republican mayor, to the state's Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]
Michael Fitzgerald

U.S. Senate committee advances gay judicial nominee

Friday, November 4, 2011
A Senate committee approved unanimously by voice vote on Thursday a judicial nominee who could become the fourth openly gay person to sit on the federal bench. [ Read more → ]
Michael W. Fitzgerald

Obama nominates fourth openly gay judicial candidate to a federal court

Thursday, July 21, 2011
President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated attorney Michael W. Fitzgerald to the federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the first openly gay nominee for a federal judgeship in California, and the fourth openly gay judicial candidate appointed by Obama. [ Read more → ]
Paul Oetken

U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay man to serve as federal court judge

Monday, July 18, 2011
The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed confirmed J. Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the first openly gay man to serve as federal judge in U.S. history. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Duval Patrick and Barbara Lenk

Lesbian judge confirmed to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Appeals Court Judge Barbara A. Lenk has won confirmation by the Governor's Council to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after a 5-3 vote, and becomes the first openly gay judge to serve on the state's highest court. [ Read more → ]
J. Paul Oetken

Senate committee advances openly gay judicial nominee to full Senate

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to approve and forward to the full Senate the nomination of J. Paul Oetken, a New York attorney nominated by President Barack Obama to become a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
Roberta Achtenberg

Obama makes three prominent LGBT appointments to administration, judgeship

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
President Obama on Wednesday appointed two prominent gays to important positions in his administration and nominated an openly gay attorney to a judgeship for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
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