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Biden to Nominate Judge Gelpí for U.S. Court of Appeals for First Circuit

By on May 12, 2021

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Would Become Only Second Judge from Puerto Rico to sit in First Circuit

SAN JUAN — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday his intent to nominate federal Judge Gustavo Gelpí, among two other candidates, as Court of Appeals judges, and three new District Court nominees. 

The White House said the picks show the president’s commitment “to ensure that his judicial nominees represent not only the excellence but the diversity of our nation with respect to both personal and professional backgrounds.”

Biden’s third slate of judicial nominees includes “groundbreaking choices,” the press release says. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Gelpí would become the second judge of Hispanic origin to serve in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston, and the second judge from Puerto Rico to sit on the First Circuit.

Judge Gelpí has served as a chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico since 2018. He was confirmed unanimously to the district court in 2006, where he had served as a magistrate judge.

Biden also announced his intent to nominate as Court of Appeals judges the Assistant Federal Defender Eunice C. Lee for the Second Circuit, and senior counsel Veronica S. Rossman for the 10th Circuit. 

Three U.S. District Court nominees—Associate Judge Angel Kelley; Lauren J. King, a principal at a Seattle based law firm; and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen. M. Williams—were also announced.

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