Perkins Coie IP Atty Confirmed As Fed. Circ.'s 1st Black Judge

Law360 (July 19, 2021, 7:37 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit will see its first Black judge after a bipartisan Senate vote Monday to confirm Tiffany P. Cunningham, a Perkins Coie LLP partner and veteran patent litigator who said the appellate position had long been her "dream job."

The 63-33 vote saw Democrats joined in support by about a quarter of Republican senators. The Chicago-based litigator had drawn a strong endorsement from Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.

Federal Circuit nominee Tiffany P. Cunningham at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in May. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images) "Ms. Cunningham will offer a...

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