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Pathways to the Federal Bench: Judicial Nominations 101

  • When: 18 October 2023, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Zoom
  • Cost: Free

Hosted by Alliance for Justice’s Building the Bench Initiative

As the Biden administration has committed to prioritizing experiential diversity on the bench, we want to ensure the broadest possible pool of attorneys has a comprehensive understanding of the federal nominations process and is as prepared as possible to position themselves as candidates for judgeships. As you know, judges with a background in criminal legal reform are quite underrepresented in our courts, which is why we are organizing this information session for criminal justice-focused attorneys who may be interested in pursuing a federal judgeship.

This will be a confidential, off the record conversation to demystify the process, answer questions, and encourage folks to consider a future on the bench.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 3:00 PM EDT over Zoom to hear from speakers Judge Richard F. Boulware, United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, and Judge Jamal Whitehead, United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Panelists will give their insights on how judges get nominated, including commissions, timelines, and the ABA process, as well as discuss how judicial candidates should work with the White House, Senate (or in some cases House) offices, Department of Justice, and outside organizations.

We are excited to cohost this event along with the Washington Bar Association, the DC Bar, and the Hispanic Bar Association of DC.

Please reach out to Mike Salamon at if you have any questions.

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