President Obama Appoints Black Lesbian Judge to U.S. District Court


President Obama added to his list of openly gay judicial appointments on Thursday by naming a black lesbian to serve on the federal court. Obama nominated Staci Michelle Yandle for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Thursday as part of a group of four nominees.

According to a bio provided by the White House, Yandle has served as a solo practitioner in southern Illinois since 2007, where she focused her practice on civil litigation in federal and state court. She received her law degree in 1987 from the Vanderbilt University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1983.

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