Second LGBT Judicial Nominee for D.C. Superior Court Receives Hearing
June 16, 2011 by Ty Cobb, Director of Global Engagement
Yesterday, Jennifer Di Toro was questioned before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on her qualifications to be appointed to serve as Associate Justices of the D.C. Superior Court. Di Toro was nominated by the President on February 3, 2011. If confirmed, Di Toro will by the second openly-LGBT nominee to be appointed to the D.C. Superior Court by the President. In April of 2010, Marisa Demeo was confirmed by the Senate for appointment to the D.C. Superior Court.
Di Toro is the Legal Director at the Children’s Law Center where she focuses on seeking safe, permanent homes and access to education and health care for children and families in D.C. Prior to joining the Children’s Law Center in 2004, she served as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the D.C. in the Trial and Special Litigation Divisions. Di Toro was also an attorney at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP and a Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. From 2009 to 2010, she was a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. Di Toro earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.Phil. in Modern British Literature from the University of Oxford, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.
To date, the President has nominated five openly-LGBT individuals to serve as judges. Besides Di Toro and Justice Demeo, Paul Oetken awaits a floor vote for a district court seat in New York; Ali Nathan awaits approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee for a district court seat in New York; and Ed DuMont awaits a senate hearing for a seat on the Federal Circuit.
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