12:20am January 14, 2014

Judge Robert Wilkins is Confirmed by Senate, Will Serve on U.S. Court of Appeals


This evening the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Robert Wilkins to be on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Wilkins was a public defender for years as well as a graduate of Harvard Law.  Senate Democrats have confirmed a steady stream of nominees after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid implemented the “nuclear option” to break filibusters.  As a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Wilkins will now be one of the most powerful arbiters of justice on important federal cases.

In a statement tonight after Wilkins was confirmed, President Obama wrote that, “Judge Wilkins spent a decade as a public defender, providing legal representation to individuals who could not afford an attorney, as well as eight years in private practice.  His accomplishments outside the courtroom include helping to establish the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

“Because of the time of year, it’s tempting to say that with the confirmation of Judge Wilkins the Senate has given us a belated holiday gift by confirming all three of President Obama’s supremely qualified nominees for the D.C. Circuit. But a fully functioning judiciary is not a gift – it is a basic right,” said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron.



About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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