40 Federal Judges Confirmed in 2021; Biden Nominates 2 More

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 25, 2021 Updated: December 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday made two final nominations to the federal bench this year as he caps his first year in office with 40 judges confirmed, the most since Ronald Reagan was president.

Nancy Gbana Abudu is Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the deep South. The circuit covers Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The second nominee is J. Michelle Childs, currently a U.S. District Court judge for South Carolina. She is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Abudu currently serves as the deputy legal director for strategic litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center and was at the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida before that and also worked at the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. She graduated from Tulane University law school in 1999.

Childs has been on the bench in South Carolina since 2010, appointed by former President Barack Obama. She received her master’s in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law in 2016. She got her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

With these two, Biden has now nominated 75 federal judges, with 40 confirmed so far.