Today, LDF sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of the nomination of Judge J. Michelle Childs to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Judge Childs has served as a judge on the federal district court for the District of South Carolina for twelve years. Her reputation for fairness and impartiality, as well as her intellect and depth of experience, render her qualified to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Judge Childs served on the South Carolina Circuit Court—the state’s trial court of general jurisdiction—from 2006-2010 where she presided over a variety of matters ranging from state tort and data privacy law claims to employment law and sentencing cases. Judge Childs was also appointed to serve as the Chief Administrative Judge for General Sessions—a South Carolina criminal court—for two years. Additionally, upon request from the Chief Justice, Judge Childs on occasion served as an Acting Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters. In 2009, Judge Childs was nominated to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina by President Barack Obama. As a United States District Court Judge, Judge Childs has presided over 61 trials that have gone to verdict or judgment, including criminal and civil jury trials and bench trials. Judge Childs also has experience presiding over cases at the appellate level. Judge Childs has sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on multiple occasions

Judge Childs has an exemplary record as a state and federal judge. Her breadth and depth of judicial experience demonstrate her clear qualification for service on the federal appellate bench.

Read the full letter here


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