For the first time in over twenty years and the first time during his presidency, President Obama will nominate a black lesbian for a federal judge position.
Staci Michelle Yandle is President Obama’s pick to preside in the 7th Circuit federal court, which includes several Midwestern states.
Yandle, who’s in private practice, will be Obama’s pick for the district court for the Southern District of his home state of Illinois. If confirmed, that would make her the first African-American judge ever on that court, and the first openly gay judge in the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Yandle follows Deborah Batts, an African-American lesbian whom President Bill Clinton nominated to the Southern District of New York.
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.
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