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First African-American Woman Named As 6th Circuit Judge

First African-American Woman Named As 6th Circuit Judge

The Senate has confirmed Bernice Donald as a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Donald will be the first African-American woman confirmed for that court.

Published September 7, 2011

(Photo: American Bar Foundation)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Bernice Donald as a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Donald will be the first African-American woman confirmed for that court.

 

Donald has broken through racial barriers throughout her career. She was the first African-American woman to be elected as a judge in Tennessee, serve on the federal bankruptcy court and sit as a U.S. district judge in her state.

 

The Cincinnati-based court serves Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

 

She has been a federal judge based in Memphis the past 16 years.

 

Donald is the sixth of 10 children raised on a sharecropper's farm in Mississippi.

 

The vote was 96-2. Voting "no" were Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana.

Written by Associated Press

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