Today, the Legal Defense Fund sent letters to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination of Nancy Abudu to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the confirmation of Nusrat J. Choudhury to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“EDNY”). The role of the federal judge is among the most central to maintaining the rule of law and the preservation of our constitutional democracy. As such, it is important that individuals who serve as judges have a demonstrated commitment to fairness and to upholding the law. Based on their experience, both Ms. Abudu and Ms. Choudhury are extremely well suited to serve on the federal bench and LDF urges the Senate to swiftly confirm them both.

Ms. Choudhury has impeccable academic credentials, and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights. Ms. Choudhury has dedicated the entirety of her legal career to challenging discriminatory policies that target communities of color. The federal bench would be improved by the addition of judges, like Ms. Choudhury, who have spent a portion of their legal career representing criminal defendants and who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the preservation of civil rights for all.

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Abudu has established herself as a preeminent civil rights attorney and voting rights expert. Ms. Abudu has dedicated her career to safeguarding the right to vote and strengthening democracy. Her confirmation will bring much needed expertise and perspective to the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Abudu’s extensive record defending the civil rights and civil liberties of all demonstrates her profound commitment to equal justice under the law. Her record of litigation demonstrates a rigorous work ethic, a commitment to public service and an unwavering commitment to justice that make her well suited for judicial service. Moreover, Ms. Abudu’s extensive courtroom experience in all facets of litigation renders her eminently qualified to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

Read the letter in support of Nancy Abudu here.

Read the letter in support of Nusrat J. Choudhury here.


Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first civil rights law organization. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights.