Biden Nominates Out Hispanic Candidate To D.C District Court

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President Biden has nominated Ana C. Reyes for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, Reyes would be the first Hispanic woman, and the first out LGBTQ+ individual, to serve on the court. 

President Biden has nominated Ana C. Reyes for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, Reyes would be the first Hispanic woman, and the first out LGBTQ+ individual, to serve on the court. 

Her nomination is one of five in the administration’s latest round of judicial nominations. 

Reyes is currently a partner at the D.C. firm Williams & Connolly LLP, where her key areas of focus include “cross-border litigation and international arbitration” according to the firm’s website. She also does pro bono work for asylum seekers and refugees. 

Prior to joining Williams & Connolly in 2001, Reyes worked as a law clerk in the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for Judge Amalya Kearse. 

Reyes is also an immigrant, who emigrated with her family from Uruguay to Louisville, Kentucky, The Hill reports. She has a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 2000, and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies.   

Reyes is one of five nominees the Biden administration announced this week, in its 17th round of judicial nominations. The other nominees – all women – include Sarah A.L. Merriam, nominated for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Lara E. Montecalvo, nominated for the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; Elizabeth Hanes, nominated for the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Anne M. Nardacci, nominated for the District Court for the Northern District of New York. 

In total, the administration has announced 95 federal judicial nominees since Biden took office in 2021.  


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