December 13, 2022

Senate Confirms Judge Douglas to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Douglas becomes first woman of color to serve on the Fifth Circuit

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Judge Dana Douglas to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by a bipartisan vote of 65-31:

“Born and raised in New Orleans, Judge Douglas’s passion for the law and public service was inspired by her family’s background in law enforcement.  After law school, she began her legal career clerking for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  She then spent 18 years litigating before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies.  And since 2019, Judge Douglas has served as a magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  In that time, she has authored 111 Reports and Recommendations, all of which have been adopted in whole or in part by the District Court.

“Judge Douglas now becomes the first woman of color to serve on the Fifth Circuit.  Her experience, qualifications, and temperament will be assets to the court.”

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