- The issue: Federal judges make decisions that affect our daily lives, and the majority of the bench is not reflective of the communities they serve.
- The good news: There is a new crop of nominees who would bring much-needed diversity and experience to the federal bench.
- Our task: Urge your senators to support the nominations of Myrna Pérez, Veronica S. Rossman, and Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpí, Jr.
While the Supreme Court makes the headlines, our district and circuit courts make the final call in over ninety-nine percent of federal cases. Over 400,000 cases are filed each year in our federal district and circuit courts, and these cases affect countless people every day. Federal judges who serve in lifetime appointments must be fair, independent, and qualified with a commitment to constitutional rights for everyone.
NCJW believes in a federal judiciary that is of and for the people and supports the following nominees:
Myrna Pérez to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: Myrna Pérez is director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program and leads the Program’s research, advocacy, and litigation work nationwide. She is widely considered one of our nation’s top legal minds on voting rights. Her career is long and impressive — she has argued complex cases in federal and state courthouses all across the country, taught at both Columbia and New York University law schools, testified before Congress and several state legislatures on a variety of voting rights related issues, and frequently speaks on academic and bar association panels. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her birth family to graduate from college, Perez’s real-world experience and civil rights background would bring a valuable lens to the Second Circuit. If confirmed, Perez would be the only Latina on the court and the first since Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Veronica S. Rossman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: Rossman has spent the past 12 years as a public defender ensuring her clients are treated fairly and with dignity while navigating the criminal justice system. Rossman has been a significant proponent of more humane sentencing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to advising other attorneys on how to best secure, compassionate release for clients, Rossman also sought compassionate release for a medically vulnerable client who contracted COVID-19 while serving a 10+ year sentence for a nonviolent offense. In addition to her extensive record as a public defender, Rossman brings a critical perspective to the federal bench as an immigrant whose family fled Russia due to antisemitic persecution.
Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpí, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit: As a Puerto Rican jurist, Chief Judge Gelpí brings a much-needed perspective to the federal judiciary. In fact, his confirmation would make him the second judge from Puerto Rico to ever sit on the First Circuit. Chief Judge Gelpí has demonstrated his dedication to ensuring US citizens residing in Puerto Rico have the same rights as other Americans, including the right to vote in presidential elections, receive Social Security when eligible, and marry whomever they choose. In United States v. Vaello-Madero, he held that excluding residents of Puerto Rico from receiving Supplemental Security Income is a constitutional violation, a decision that was later affirmed by the First Circuit and recently granted certiorari by the US Supreme Court. As Solicitor General of Puerto Rico, Gelpi argued various important constitutional and public policy issues before the very court he appointed.
NCJW supports Veronica S. Rossman, Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpí, Jr., and Myrna Pérez, all of whom would bring much-needed diversity and experience to the federal bench. Urge your senators to support the nominations of Veronica S. Rossman, Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpí, Jr., and Myrna Pérez!
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