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Thu Aug 5, 2021, 11:30 AM

Biden Announces Two Lesbian Nominees to Federal Judiciary

Judicial nominations announced Thursday by President Joe Biden include two lesbians with long records of human rights work.

Beth Robinson, the first out justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, is a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first out lesbian to serve on any federal circuit court. Charlotte Sweeney, a Denver-based attorney specializing in employee rights, is a nominee for the U.S. District Court for Colorado. She would be the first out federal judge in the state and the first woman from the LGBTQ+ community to be a federal district court judge in any state west of the Mississippi.

Robinson, as an attorney, was co-counsel in Baker v. State, the case that resulted in the 1999 Vermont Supreme Court ruling that the state must grant same-sex couples the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex ones. Because of that ruling, Vermont became the first state to adopt a civil union law. Then in 2009, the state legalized same-sex marriage, making it the fourth state with marriage equality and the first to enact it by legislation rather than a court ruling. Robinson advocated for that law as head of Vermont Freedom to Marry. She was appointed to Vermontís high court by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2011. Before that, she spent a year as counsel to the governor, following 18 years as an attorney with Langrock Sperry & Wool. Previously, she was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C., and a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Sweeney is currently a partner at Sweeney & Bechtold, where she has practiced since 2008. Her law practice is devoted to representing individuals in employment law cases, dealing with discrimination, wrongful termination, and other issues. She was a partner with LaFond & Sweeney from 1999 to 2008 and LaFond & Bove from 1997 from 1999. She began her career as an associate with LaFond & Clausen in 1995 and was named a partner at the firm in 1998. She is a graduate of California Lutheran University and University of Denver College of Law. She is a member of the Matthew Shepard Foundationís board of directors.


Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson is nominated for a federal appeals court judgeship;
Denver attorney Charlotte Sweeney is nominated for Colorado's U.S. District Court.

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Sat Aug 14, 2021, 10:30 PM

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The daughter of my dad's late doctoral advisor is an out lesbian judge in the blue enclave of Bloomington in the state of Indiana.

She was elected last year, if memory serves. She's in no position to be appointed to a federal judgeship (yet), but this news just reminded me of her.

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