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Litigation: The Gavel
Judge Confirmed, Makes Indiana History
By Peter Hardin
The Senate voted 95-0 to confirm Judge Tanya Walton Pratt as a federal judge in Indiana, paving the way for her to become the state’s first African-American federal judge.
When she takes the oath of office, her confirmation and that of Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson also will mean three of five active judges at the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis will be female, the Indianapolis Star reported.
“Any little girl can say now: ‘I can be a federal judge, and an African-American, in the state of Indiana,’ ” Judge Pratt, 50, said after her confirmation vote. “It shows how inclusive we have become.”
Judge Pratt graduated from Spelman College and Howard University School of Law, according to a report by WTHR. To learn more about President Obama’s pushing for diversity on the bench, read Gavel Grab.
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