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Biden nominates Stephanie Dawkins Davis to Sixth Circuit vacancy

Davis would be the second Black woman to serve on the Sixth Circuit.

WASHINGTON (CN) — President Joe Biden nominated Stephanie Dawkins Davis to the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday, laying the groundwork for Davis to become the second Black woman to serve on the Cincinnati-based federal court.

Davis currently serves as a federal district court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, where she has served on the bench since former President Donald Trump nominated her in 2019.

“Serving the cause of justice has been my life’s work and I appreciate the trust that has been placed in me,” Davis said at the time of her swearing in as a federal judge, according to reporting by the Associated Press. “I will diligently apply the law and honor the humanity of all who appear before me.”

Prior to her time as a federal judge, Davis spent three years as a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Michigan and served for 19 years with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the district, first as an assistant U.S attorney and later as an executive assistant U.S. attorney.

She also served as the deputy chief of the office's controlled substances unit from 2007 to 2010. Davis started her career as an associate with Detroit-based firm Dickinson Wright where she worked from 1992 to 1997.

In a statement, the White House described Davis as an "extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution."

Davis' nomination mark's Biden's 84th nominee to the federal bench.

If confirmed, Davis would be the second Black woman to serve on the Sixth Circuit and the first Black woman from Michigan to join the court.

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