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June 2020

Justice for All: Courts in the Community Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

In commemoration of June as LGBTQ Pride Month, the Justice for All: Courts in the Community is proud to highlight our history-making, openly gay federal judges. On May 6, 1994, the late Deborah Batts became the first openly gay Article III federal judge in the country. After 25 years on the bench, on May 2, 2019, Judge Batts joined a conversation with three other openly gay federal judges in the Second Circuit: Judge Allison Nathan, Judge J. Paul Oetken and Judge Pamela Chen. Please click below to watch their entire conversation.

THE FILM
Watch the full conversation with the Hon. Deborah A. Batts

The Cast

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Hon. Deborah A. Batts

In 1994, Deborah Batts was sworn in as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. She was the nation’s first openly gay federal judge. Batts earned a B.A. in government from Radcliffe College in 1969 and attended Harvard Law School, where she earned a J.D. in 1972. She was an active member of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York.

Judge Batts died on February 3, 2020.

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Hon. Alison J. Nathan

Judge Nathan is a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hon. J. Paul Oetken

Judge Oetken is a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He is the first openly gay man to be confirmed as an Article III judge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hon. Pamela K. Chen

Judge Chen is a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She is the first openly gay Asian-American federal judge.


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