On September 6, 2011, the United States Senate voted to confirm Bernice Bouie Donald as judge for the Sixth Circuit. As this blog previously reported, Judge Donald, a district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, was nominated by the President on December 1, 2010. Judge Donald’s confirmation process met a number of delays, but she had been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without a single dissent, and earlier this week the Senate confirmed her by a 96-2 vote. Once she receives her commission, Judge Donald will become the first African-American female judge on the Sixth Circuit. Judge Donald becomes the second judge appointed by President Obama to the Sixth Circuit, following Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, who received her commission to the Court one year earlier, in September 2010.
The Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog extends its congratulations to Judge Donald.