Alison Nathan One Step Closer to Becoming Federal Judge
July 14, 2011 by Ty Cobb, Director, HRC Global
This morning, by a 14 to 4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Alison Nathan’s nomination to become a federal judge to the Senate floor.
Ms. Nathan joins Paul Oetken in the queue for confirmation by the full Senate for a seat on the bench in the Southern District of New York. When confirmed, Ms. Nathan and Mr. Oetken will join Judge Deborah Batts to become the second and third openly-LGBT judges serving in the Southern District of New York. Currently, the Southern District of New York is the only Article III federal court jurisdiction with an openly-LGBT judge.
To date, the President has nominated seven openly-LGBT individuals to serve as judges, including Ms. Nathan and Mr. Oetken.
Jennifer Di Toro was approved by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs for a Senate floor vote to serve as an Associate Justice of the D.C. Superior Court. In April of 2010, Marisa Demeo was also confirmed to serve as an Associate Justice on the D.C. Superior Court. Albert Lauber and Judge Joseph Gale were recently nominated to serve on the Federal Tax Court and await hearings before the Senate Committee on Finance. Ed DuMont awaits a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for a seat on the Federal Circuit.
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