Demand Justice Ads Thank Sens. Warren and Markey for Recommending Professionally Diverse Judges


September 21, 2022

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WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, Demand Justice began running digital ads in the Boston Globe thanking Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey for supporting professionally diverse judicial nominees in Massachusetts. The ads coincide with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Julie Rikelman and Margaret Guzman, two professionally diverse nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  

“Sens. Warren and Markey have been some of the strongest champions in the Senate of the effort to bring more professional diversity to the bench,” said Demand Justice Chief Counsel Christopher Kang. “Julie Rikelman’s expertise in reproductive rights embodies the kind of diverse experience we desperately need on the federal bench. Margaret Guzman would not only be the first Hispanic judge to ever serve on this court but also brings a wealth of experience as a public defender and criminal defense lawyer, experiences that have historically been missing in our courts. We applaud Sens. Warren and Markey for championing their nominations and those of other professionally diverse lawyers.”

All five Massachusetts judicial nominees would bring much-needed professional diversity to our courts. Julie Rikelman is currently the United States Litigation Director at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she has worked since 2011. Judge Margaret Guzman spent most of her career as a public defender and in criminal defense. Two nominees are awaiting a hearing: Justice Myong Joun dedicated most of his career prior to becoming a judge to civil rights litigation and criminal defense, and Julia Kobick is the Deputy State Solicitor in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. President Biden’s first Massachusetts judicial nominee, Judge Angel Kelley, was confirmed last year, bringing legal aid and public defense experience to the court.

The banner ads will run in the Boston Globe. 

A copy of the ad can be found below.

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