Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:21 AM
Tx4obama (36,974 posts)
President Obama Nominates Hispanic Lesbian for Federal Judgeship
Obama Nominates Hispanic Lesbian for Federal Judgeship
If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro would be the first out gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench.
President Obama has 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.
Quiñones previously worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1979 to 1991, and she served as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1977 to 1979, according to a biography provided by the White House. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia from 1975 to 1977. Quiñones received her law degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1975 and her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico in 1972.
If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Quiñones would become the first out gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
“She is the eighth openly gay life-tenured federal court judicial nominee named by President Obama,” reports HRC. “Prior to the Obama Administration, only one openly gay individual had been confirmed to serve with lifetime tenure on our federal judiciary.”
Full article here: http://www.advocate.com/society/law/2012/11/27/obama-nominates-hispanic-lesbian-federal-judgeship
President Obama Nominates Openly Gay Hispanic Judge to U.S. District Court
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2012
Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:
Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Richard Barclay Surrick, retired.
Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Anita B. Brody, retired.
Jeffrey L. Schmehl, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Thomas M. Golden, deceased.
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President Obama Nominates Hispanic Lesbian for Federal Judgeship (Original post)
Response to Tx4obama (Original post)
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:53 AM
democrattotheend (7,445 posts)
1. President Obama has done a great job
of nominating a diverse group of judges. I believe he has nominated at least two openly gay judges since being re-elected.
Response to democrattotheend (Reply #1)
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:01 AM
Tx4obama (36,974 posts)
3. November 14th: William L. Thomas
William L. Thomas
If confirmed, Thomas will be the first out gay African American man to serve as a federal judge.
Lists of all nominees here, Appeals Courts and District Courts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_judges_appointed_by_Barack_Obama
Obama has nominated a lot of judges this month, I hope that all of the ones that have had their senate committee hearings get a full senate floor vote before the end of the year.