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Todd Hughes Positioned to Be First Gay Federal Appellate Judge

Post submitted David Wexelblat, HRC law fellow

Today President Obama nominated Todd Hughes to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If confirmed, Hughes's will be the first openly LGBT federal appellate judge.  In his press release, President Obama noted Todd’s “exceptional dedication to public service throughout [his] career[].”
 
Hughes is currently a Deputy Director in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. He is a recognized expert in government pay and personnel law, whistleblower claims, international trade litigation and veterans’ benefits claims. He has personally argued over 50 cases before the Federal Circuit in multiple areas of the court’s jurisdiction, including appearances before the en banc court.
 
Hughes graduated from Duke University School of Law and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Aside from his career at the Department of Justice, Hughes has also served as an adjunct lecturer in law with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and as an instructor for Duke University’s writing program.
 
HRC first recommended him for an appointment to the Federal Circuit in 2010. We congratulate Hughes and will continue to advocate on his behalf during the Senate confirmation process.

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