Biden names first LGBT woman to federal circuit court

President Joe Biden appoints Vermont judge who played a pivotal role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to sit in a federal circuit court

The White House announced Thursday that Biden had appealed to Beth Robinson, an associate judge at the Vermont Supreme Court since 2011, to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. The court’s territory includes Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

Robinson served as counsel to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, from 2010 to 2011. From 1993 to 2010, Robinson was a civil lawyer in private practice at Langrock Sperry & Wool where she focused on employment law, l workers compensation, contract disputes and family law.

Robinson previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC, focusing on white collar criminal defense. She was legal assistant to Judge David Sentelle at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1990.

The White House also announced that Biden is appointing employment lawyer Charlotte Sweeney for the U.S. District Court in Colorado. She would become the first openly LGBT woman to serve as a federal district court judge in any state west of Mississippi.

Biden has so far announced 35 judicial candidates for federal bench.


The title of this story has been corrected to say that Robinson would be the first LGBT woman to sit in a federal circuit court, not the first LGBT person to sit in a federal circuit court.

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