Obama nominates lesbian attorney to federal bench in New York district court

Alison Nathan

The White House announced last week the nomination of former Associate White House Counsel Alison Nathan for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nathan is the fourth openly gay individual nominated by the Obama Administration for a judicial appointment.

“Alison Nathan is a distinguished individual who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice throughout her career,” said President Obama in a statement.

“I am grateful for her decision to serve the American people from the District Court bench.”

Nathan currently serves in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General, a position she has held since 2010.

Nathan joins Paul Oetken and Ed DuMont, also openly gay nominees, in awaiting confirmation by the Senate. Marisa Demeo was confirmed in 2010 to serve as Associate Judge on the D.C. Superior Court.

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