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Senate Confirms Maria Kahn to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Maria Kahn to the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Justice Kahn’s confirmation:

“Justice Kahn is an accomplished jurist whose extensive litigation experience will be an asset to the Second Circuit. To say she is highly qualified is an understatement: she has served at every level of the Connecticut judiciary. She clerked on the U.S. District Court for Connecticut following law school, then served as a public defender, a disability advocate, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Judge on the Connecticut Superior and Appellate Courts, and most recently Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.

“A first-generation immigrant who herself speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Justice Kahn has also worked on access to justice initiatives regarding language proficiency. Her experience has earned her strong support from the Connecticut legal community. I congratulate her on becoming the thirty-first Circuit Court judge confirmed under President Biden, and the latest example of the Senate Judiciary Committee advancing highly qualified, diverse nominees to the federal bench.”

On February 2, 2023, Justice Kahn advanced out of the Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan vote of 11-9.