NWLC Celebrates Nicole Berner’s Confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“We are thrilled that civil rights champion Nicole Berner has been confirmed to serve on the Fourth Circuit, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person to do so. She is also only the third openly LGBTQ woman to serve on the federal appellate bench. Berner is an outstanding lawyer with expertise in civil, labor, and reproductive rights who is deeply committed to ensuring equal justice for everyone. Throughout her illustrious career, she has worked tirelessly to advance and protect the rights of women, girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people, demonstrating a profound understanding of how the law affects all of our lives.

Nicole Berner’s diverse legal expertise in protecting civil rights will undoubtedly benefit all individuals who appear before the Fourth Circuit. We need and deserve fair and impartial judges committed to equal justice for all who will protect the rights of all of us. Berner’s dedication to protecting the civil rights of all people during her career indicates she will be that kind of judge. We thank President Biden and Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for this historic confirmation. The Senate must build on this momentum and fill every vacancy.”