President Joe Biden announced his nomination of University of South Carolina School of Law alumna Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin ’97 on August 10 for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. This nomination comes on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s recent confirmation of Judge J. Michelle Childs ’91, also a South Carolina Law alumna and Biden nominee, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Benjamin follows in the footsteps of a third South Carolina Law alumna, the late Karen J. Williams ‘80, the first female judge (and later chief judge) to sit on the Fourth Circuit.
Why it matters
The Fourth Circuit hears appeals from the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Appeals from their rulings are heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Biden’s nomination follows the retirement of fellow law alumnus Judge Henry Floyd ’73. … read more