The President is announcing a judicial nominee, who is extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution. This choice continues to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country — both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds.
Stephanie Dawkins Davis is the President’s nominee to the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Davis would be the first Black woman to serve on the Sixth Circuit from Michigan and only the second Black woman to serve on the Sixth Circuit.
This is President Biden’s fourteenth announcement of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 84.
President Biden has spent decades committed to strengthening the federal bench, which is why he continues to move rapidly to fill judicial vacancies.
Stephanie Dawkins Davis: Nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis has served as a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan since December 2019. Judge Davis previously served as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2016 to 2019. From 1997 to 2016, Judge Davis served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan as Executive Assistant United States Attorney from 2010 to 2015 and as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1997 to 2010. During her tenure, she also served as Deputy Chief of the Controlled Substances Unit from 2007 to 2010. Judge Davis began her career as an associate at Dickinson, Wright PLLC in Detroit, Michigan, from 1992 to 1997. Judge Davis received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1992 and her B.S. from Wichita State University in 1989.