Biden nominates first openly LGBTQ woman to a federal appeals court

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President Joe Biden’s sixth round of judicial nominees includes a Vermont Supreme Court justice who would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve on a federal appeals court.

The Vermont justice, Justice Beth Robinson, is nominated to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New York, according to an Aug. 5 White House press release.

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Robinson has served as an associate justice on Vermont’s top court since 2011. Before that, she was counsel to Vermont’s governor, a civil litigator at Langrock Sperry & Wool and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Another nominee, Charlotte Sweeney, would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve as a judge in the District of Colorado. She is currently a partner at Sweeney & Bechtold, where she represents individuals in employment law cases, She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Other nominees are U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Katherine Dimke to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and Administrative Law Judge John P. Howard III to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Acting with “unparalleled speed,” Biden has so far nominated 35 people for federal judgeships, according to the White House press release.

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