Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination of Holly Thomas to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Thomas’ service throughout her career has been exemplary and she is eminently qualified to serve with distinction on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as Assistant Counsel at LDF and held positions in government. Since 2018, Judge Thomas has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court presiding over a trial docket involving criminal, civil, and family/domestic matters. Judge Thomas’ record demonstrates a deep and unwavering commitment to the belief that every person is deserving of robust legal representation and access to the courts. The breadth of her judicial, litigation, and administrative experience demonstrates a deep understanding of the various complex issues which will come before her. If confirmed, Ms. Thomas would bring significant diversity to the Ninth Circuit. She would be the first Black woman confirmed to the Ninth Circuit from the State of California, and only the second Black woman to ever sit on the Court.

Read the full letter here.


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