75 Women of Color Judges To Consider for Supreme Court Nominees

75 Women of Color Judges To Consider for Supreme Court Nominees October 7, 2018
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In case you are convinced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the best of the best of the best possible nominees the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), I am here with seventy-five reasons to invite you to reconsider your opinion.

I present these reasons, in the form of Women of Color who serve as federal judges, as a matter of principle, not politics.

As a SCOTUS nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s dishonesty about a range of matters while under oath  and his temperament during the job interview provided sufficient grounds for concern.

Even if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford did not come forward with sexual assault allegations, these issues had enough weight to prompt searching for another candidate.

As with the game of politics, shoulda turned into woulda, coulda, and didn’t.

Therefore, I have created a non-exhaustive list of  seventy-five Women of Color who serve as active Article III federal judges  with potential for SCOTUS appointments.

These judges were confirmed during Republican and Democratic presidencies.

In other words, no matter where you politically stand, I believe it is possible to find at least one Woman of Color with the inner fortitude to demonstrate integrity and respect during a job interview for the Supreme Court of the United States.

Likewise, I presume the existence of at least one Black woman who possesses both temperament and jurisprudence suitable for the High Court of the United States.

The practice of over-scrutinizing Women of Color, particularly Black women, while having far less scrutiny over White men, like Judge Kavanaugh, and women in the workforce, is a way unconscious biases can turn into discrimination. Does the phrase “last ones hired, first ones fired” sound familiar?

Although an appointment to the SCOTUS does not require federal judicial experience, I provide the following list to broaden our perspectives about the availability of high quality candidates among active federal judges.

  1. Leslie Joyce Abrams, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  2. Arenda Lauretta Wright Allen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  3. Micaela Alvarez, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  4. Christine M. Arguello, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  5. Wendy Beetlestone, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  6. Irene Cornelia Berger, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  7. Loretta Copeland Biggs, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  8. Cathy Bissoon, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  9. Margo Kitsy Brodie, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  10. Debra Marie Brown, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  11. Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  12. Vanessa Lynne Bryant, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  13. Consuelo Maria Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  14. Kathleen Cardone, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  15. Denise Jefferson Casper, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  16. Carmen Consuelo Cerezo, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  17. Pamela Ki Mai Chen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  18. Julianna Michelle Childs, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  19. Tanya Sue Chutkan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  20. Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  21. Marcia G. Cooke, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  22. Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  23. Aida M. Delgado-Colon, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  24. Bernice Bouie Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  25. Miranda Mai Du, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  26. Allyson Kay Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  27. Sara Lee Ellis, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  28. Marina Garcia Marmolejo, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  29. Dolly Maizie Gee, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  30. Vanessa D. Gilmore,U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  31. Jennifer Choe Groves, U.S. Court of International Trade
  32. LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  33. Phyllis Jean Hamilton, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  34. Judith C. Herrera, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  35. Charlene Vanessa Edwards Honeywell, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  36. Denise Page Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  37. Marcia Morales Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  38. Diane Joyce Humetewa, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  39. Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  40. Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  41. Leslie Emi Kobayashi, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  42. Lucy Haeran Koh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  43. Rosemary Márquez, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  44. Kiyo A. Matsumoto, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  45. Vicki Miles-LaGrange, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  46. Alia Moses, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  47. Mary Helen Murguia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  48. Gloria Maria Navarro, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  49. Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  50. Jill Aiko Otake, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  51. Linda Vivienne Parker, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  52. Benita Yalonda Pearson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  53. Nitza Ileana Quiñones Alejandro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  54. Nelva Gonzales Ramos, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  55. Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  56. Victoria A. Roberts, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  57. Julia A. Robinson, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  58. Judith Ann Wilson Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  59. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  60. Eleanor Louise Ross, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  61. Esther Salas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  62. Diana Saldaña, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  63. Lorna Gail Schofield, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  64. Mary Stenson Scriven, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  65. Kara Farnandez Stoll, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  66. Laura Taylor Swain, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  67. Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  68. Analisa Nadine Torres, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  69. Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  70. Martha Alicia Vazquez, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  71. Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  72. Susan Davis Wigenton, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  73. Andrea Robin Wood, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  74. Wilhelmina Marie Wright, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  75. Staci Michelle Yandle, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
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