If confirmed, Ana C. Reyes would become the first LGBT Hispanic judge for the District of Columbia, and the Oregon Safe Schools nominated educators for standing up for LGBT students.
DC May Get its First Hispanic Woman and LGBT Judge
Ana C. Reyes is one of the four nominees President Joe Biden made to become a federal judicial judge. If confirmed, Reyes will be the first Hispanic and LGBT judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Reyes is an immigrant from Uruguay, but was raised in Kentucky. She has been working at Williams & Connolly LLP, since 2001 and is currently a partner there.
“She focuses on cross-border litigation and international arbitration, while also taking on pro bono work to represent asylum seekers and refugee organizations,” according to Yahoo! News.
Biden hopes to confirm her and his other three nominations swiftly, however, since Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Justice confirmation, there could be similar limitations that await Reyes.
The Judicial Committee that oversaw Jackson’s own historical nomination was the “first tie on a high court pick since 1991, the last one occurring during Justin Clarence Thomas’s nomination,” according to Yahoo! News.
The president has nominated 78 federal judges in his term so far.
‘2022 Safe Schools Award’ Nominates Community Leaders and Educators
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The Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition has nominated nine individuals and one organization for their 2022 Safe Schools Awards, according to Pamplin Media Group.
OSSCC is an organization that is trying to minimize suicide and self-harm amongst LGBTQ children.
Five of the nominees, Rebecca Piros, Brandy Penner, Ines Pená, Joe Morelock, and the Newberg Education Association, were nominated for going against the conservative schoolboards' efforts to ban political gay Pride and Black Lives Matter symbols in local classrooms, wrote Pamplin Media Group.
"I am sure it was because they all took a stand to help make sure that LGBTQ+ students felt safe in school and objected to eliminating all references to Black Lives Matter, gay Pride flags, etc., in the schools," Joy Wallace, chairwoman on the OSSCC board said to Pamplin Media Group.
Piros said that she would continue to fight for “fundamental human rights” within her community while celebrating the students and staff.