Biden appoints two more judges for Western Washington | Oregon
SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday made two more federal judicial appointments from western Washington state: Seattle attorneys Jamal Whitehead and Kymberly Evanson.
Whitehead is a civil litigator with Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, where he focuses on workplace discrimination and unfair labor practices.
He recently represented a class of immigration detainees at the Northwest Tacoma Detention Center who successfully sued private prison contractor The GEO Group for back pay, arguing they should have received the minimum wage for cooking, cleaning and other tasks they performed. A federal jury ordered GEO to pay $17.3 million to more than 10,000 current and former inmates.
Whitehead, who is black and uses a prosthetic leg, is Biden’s first disabled candidate for federal bench, said Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who recommended him and Evanson. Biden has emphasized racial, cultural and professional diversity in his court appointments.
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“Our federal bench should be made up of judges who are dedicated to justice and who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve – which is why I’m thrilled for Jamal, his family, and the Western District of Washington” , Murray said in a press release.
Evanson is a partner at Pacifica Law Group. She has represented state, municipal, private, and nonprofit clients on constitutional, election, public disclosure, and administrative matters, including the First Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to Murray, Evanson has also done a significant amount of pro bono work, with a focus in recent years on clemency cases. Murray called her “firm in her commitment to fairness and justice, particularly in her pro bono practice and her work on First Amendment cases.”
Evanson, who is white, received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University and her law degree from Georgetown University.
Whitehead earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Five of Biden’s nominees for the Washington state federal bench have been confirmed by the Senate: Tana Lin, the state’s first Asian-American federal judge and former public defender and civil rights lawyer; Lauren King, a tribal law expert who is Washington’s first Native American federal judge; John Chun, who is also Asian American; David Estudillo, son of Mexican immigrants and former immigration lawyer; and Kit Dimke, who serves in the Eastern District of Washington.
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