The senate confirmed Allison Rushing as a judge for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday. The confirmation worries LGBTQ activists, as Rushing once interned for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The Southern Poverty Law Center officially labeled the ADF as a hate group for its efforts to recriminalize homosexuality in the United States. Both Rushing and the ADF have come under fire from organizations such as the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for the group's work to help businesses defend the ability to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Nonetheless, the soon-to-be federal judge is one of the many young nominees that Senate Republicans have been pushing to promote recently. The young and predominantly white judicial nominees under President Trump are expected to have a long-lasting conservative presence in the courts that could last decades past the Trump administration.
Currently a partner at the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C., Rushing is now one of the youngest federal judges to ever hold the position. Democrats have expressed concern regarding her less than a decade’s worth of legal experience. "She has practiced law for just 9 years, only tried 4 cases to verdict or judgement in her career (none as lead counsel), and isn't even a member of the NC bar,” Democrat minority whip Dick Durbin said in a tweet.
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