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Norton to Lead CBC Forum on Lack of Diversity in President Trump’s Judicial Nominees, Today

Jan 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Judicial Nominations Working Group, will lead a CBC forum on the virtually unexamined issue of lack of diversity of President Trump’s nominees for the federal bench today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.  Trump is nominating judges at a much faster rate than his predecessors, and more than 90 percent of his nominees have been white, a higher percentage of white judges than any president in 30 years.

“A president’s most lasting impact on the nation may is often the shaping of the federal bench, whose decisions are difficult to reverse,” Norton said.  “The courts have been the most important institution for African Americans in gaining their rights in our country.  The CBC has an obligation to examine the federal judiciary in preparation for seeking changes from the Trump administration.”

Experts who will testify and answer questions from CBC Members are Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Vanita Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Todd Cox, Director of Policy, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

A Congressional Research Service analysis of the last three presidents’ nominees for the federal bench through the end of the first year of their first terms shows a particularly concerning lack of diversity among President Trump’s nominees.  While President Clinton’s nominees were 72.3% white, President George W. Bush’s were 86.2% white and President Obama’s were 48.5% white, President Trump’s nominees were a staggering 91.2% white.