Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

President Joe Biden will announce his intention Wednesday to nominate an attorney whose Senate confirmation would make him the first Muslim American judge to serve on a federal appeals court (article available here).

The nominee, Adeel A. Mangi, has served on the board of directors of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the Legal Aid Society of New York and Muslims for Progressive Values and as an ally board member for the National LGBT Bar Association, according to his biographical page at the law firm where he’s a partner.

If he’s confirmed, he would sit on the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia. The court covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands.

He is one of five nominees whom Biden will announce Wednesday.

Another nominee, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Superior Court Judge Cristal Brisco, would be the first Black woman and the first woman of color to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana if she is confirmed.

Biden also nominated Nicole Berner, the general counsel of the Service Employees International Union, for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the Senate, Berner would be that court's first openly LGBTQ judge.

The Democratic-led Senate this month confirmed Biden's 150th federal judge.