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

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

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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.

 

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been 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 weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke has also authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics creator 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. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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