WASHINGTON D.C. — (08-05-21) — President Joe Biden makes history again as he nominates the first LGBT federal appeals court nominee, Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Justice Beth Robinson has been an associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court since 2011. She is nominated to be appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. The court’s territory includes Connecticut, New York and Vermont.
Biden Makes History nominating First LGBT Federal Appeals Court Nominee
In 1999, before she was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court, Robinson helped argue the case that led to Vermont’s civil unions law, the first legal recognition in the country for LGBT relationships.
Robinson served as counsel to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, from 2010 to 2011. Then from 1993 to 2010, Justice Robinson served as a civil litigator in private practice at Langrock Sperry & Wool, where she focused on employment law, workers’ compensation, contract disputes and family law.
The White House also announced that president Biden is nominating employment law attorney Charlotte Sweeney for the U.S. District Court in Colorado. Sweeney if confirmed, would become the the first openly LGBT woman to serve as a federal district court judge in any state west of the Mississippi.
Biden thus far has announced 35 judicial nominees to serve on the federal bench and as of August 5, 2021, the United States Senate has confirmed eight Article III judges nominated by Biden: three judges for the United States courts of appeals and five judges for the United States district courts.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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