Senate majority leader Schumer wants to rebalance the courts and his first move is to recommend two voting lawyers as federal judges.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Schumer said:
In the same vein, I also announced two judicial recommendations to President Biden today: Myrna Pérez, director of voting rights at the Brennan Center for Justice, for the prestigious Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and Dale Ho, director of the voting rights project at ACLU to serve in the South District of New York.
Ms. Pérez and Mr. Ho are two of the country’s leading voting and election experts. With a national focus on voting rights, their polling comes at the right time and their perspective will be invaluable. Ms. Pérez would also be the first Latina to sit judge Sonia Sotomayor at the second district court.
Diversity at the Bundesbank is very important to me, both demographic diversity and diversity of experience. The courts have long been crammed with ex-prosecutors and corporate attorneys. It is time for civil rights attorneys, voting attorneys, and federal defenders to agree.
My recommendation from Mrs Pérez and Mr Ho are part of this effort. Last month, I also recommended Eunice Lee, appeal attorney with the Federal Defenders of New York, to serve as a judge on the Second Circuit.
Lee could only become the second black woman to sit in this prestigious appeals court, a court that has never – never – had a former federal defender on its list.
Just like Ms. Pérez and Mr. Ho, Eunice Lee will bring demographic and professional diversity to the Bundesbank. The three in tandem bring dynamism, brilliance and a real variety of experiences to the courts in New York.
As a New York Senator and Majority Leader, I strive to rebalance a judiciary that was unbalanced by the four-year election of President Trump.
Majority leader Schumer is right. One of the best ways to protect the right to vote is to have judges at the Bundesbank who believe in the right to vote.
It will be years before the Democrats redress Trump and McConnell, but Schumer’s recommendations are steps in the right direction.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / CEO, White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association