The Washington Post

New Biden appointee is confirmed on influentia­l federal appeals court

- BY RACHEL WEINER

J. Michelle Childs was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Childs, a district court judge in South Carolina, will be the only appointee of President Biden on the influentia­l appeals court — but probably not for long. Florence Pan, who sits on the U.S. District Court for D.C., had a confirmati­on hearing in June. Bradley Garcia, another Biden nominee, is awaiting his hearing.

Childs has been outspoken about racial bias in court, diversity in the judiciary and the impact of gun violence on children. As a federal judge, she ruled on samesex marriage, coronaviru­s mandates and absentee voting.

Biden’s first nominee to the D.C. Circuit, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, has since moved up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Childs was also considered for that seat. She had the backing of powerful House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), but she was opposed by some liberal groups who questioned her record as a corporate lawyer. Childs was the first Black female partner at a major South Carolina law firm, where she was part of the employment law team. She then worked in South Carolina government and state court before becoming a federal judge.

In a statement announcing her confirmati­on last Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-ill.) said Childs is “exceptiona­lly qualified to serve” on the D.C. Circuit. She was confirmed by a vote of 64-34.

“With her extensive judicial service at the state and federal level, her experience administer­ing state and federal programs, and her historic career in private practice, Judge Childs will be ready to serve the D.C. Circuit with distinctio­n on day one,” Durbin said in the statement.

 ?? MEG KINNARD/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? J. Michelle Childs, who was previously considered for a Supreme Court seat, will join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
MEG KINNARD/ASSOCIATED PRESS J. Michelle Childs, who was previously considered for a Supreme Court seat, will join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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