Today, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley in support of the nomination of Myrna Pérez, to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Pérez is an esteemed civil rights lawyer with unassailable expertise in voting rights and election litigation. For nearly two decades, Ms. Pérez has dedicated her career to strengthening and protecting voting rights, the fair administration of elections, and this nation’s democracy. Her professional record demonstrates broad qualification– both as a litigator and a legal academic—and a reputation of integrity, rigorous intellect, and compelling analysis. If confirmed, Ms. Pérez would be the only Latina on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the first on that court since Justice Sonia Sotomayor was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Pérez’s record demonstrates a deep and unwavering commitment to the preservation of our constitutional democracy as well as critical experience with complex voting rights and election litigation. Her confirmation will bring an underrepresented viewpoint and much needed demographic diversity to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. LDF urges the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance Ms. Pérez’ nomination without delay.

Read the full letter here.


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