Today, the United States Senate confirmed Jia Cobb to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. With her confirmation, Judge Cobb is now only the fourth Black woman ever appointed to this Court.
In response, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), issued the following statement:
“We congratulate Jia Cobb on her confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Cobb’s background as a public defender and civil rights attorney means she brings rich and much-needed professional diversity to the Court. Her expertise is precisely what is needed on the District Court.”
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