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U.S. Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Judge to Serve on Michigan Federal Bench

Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Judith Levy to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in a 97-0 vote.  Levy is the first out gay judge to serve on the federal bench in Michigan.

Judge Levy has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan since 2000 and chief of the civil rights unit for that office over the past three years. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Judge Levy served as a trial attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The American Bar Association gave her a rating of “unanimously qualified.”

Levy is the eighth openly-gay individual to be confirmed to a federal judgeship with lifetime tenure, seven of whom were nominated by President Barack Obama.  The other was nominated by President Bill Clinton.

We congratulate Judge Levy on a much deserved achievement and thank the White House and Senate for their continued commitment to nominating and confirming well-qualified, diverse individuals.

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