In Memoriam

Honorable Deborah A. Batts

Honorable Deborah A. Batts

Judge Batts was the first openly LGBTQ judge confirmed to the federal bench. Nominated by President Bill Clinton, she was confirmed in June 1994. A 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School, Judge Batts started her legal career as a law clerk for a federal judge before working at Cravath for several years and then later as a federal prosecutor.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – one of Judge Batts’s closest friends – noted that she “lived her life openly and earnestly, with fortitude and conviction.” Federal Judge Pamela Chen – an openly LGBTQ colleague on the SDNY – said Judge Batts “literally broke down the closet door and allowed the rest of us to walk through it.”

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