Biden Announces Federal Judiciary Nominees

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President Joe Biden announced five nominees for federal judgeships Wednesday.

This is the 42nd group of nominees for federal judiciary positions brought forth by Biden since he took office in 2021, according to a statement released by the White House.

Biden has announced a total of 203 federal judicial nominees. This year’s group of nominees includes two individuals to federal circuit courts, three to federal district courts, and three to the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Nicole G. Berner, general counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Berner has been serving as in-house counsel for SEIU since 2006 but has also spent time working for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Jenner & Block LLP.

Adeel A. Mangi was nominated for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mangi has been working at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP since beginning as an associate in 2000. He is now a partner with the firm.

Biden’s nominations also included three nominees for district courts in Oregon and Indiana.

Judge Amy M. Baggio, who has served as a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court since 2019, was nominated by Biden for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Baggio previously worked as a solo practitioner at her firm from 2013 to 2019 and has also worked at the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

Judge Cristal C. Brisco has served as a judge on the St. Joseph County Superior Court in South Bend, Indiana, since 2021. 

The second nominee listed for the state is Judge Gretchen S. Lund, who has served as a judge on the Elkhart County Superior Court in Goshen, Indiana, since 2015.

Lund previously served as a judge on the Goshen City Court and as a deputy prosecutor in the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

In a statement sent to the AP, White House counsel Ed Siskel applauded the nominees and noted that the nominations reflect “the president’s drive to bring professional and demographic diversity to the federal judiciary, and his commitment to working with senators on both sides of the aisle.”

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