President Joe Biden has nominated Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the current vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jackson-Akiwumi is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where she focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and investigations.
Jackson-Akiwumi received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. After graduating, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Roger Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Hon. David Coar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She then entered private practice for three years, and later served as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program, Inc., in Chicago for 10 years. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
If confirmed, Jackson-Akiwumi would be the second judge of color to serve on the Seventh Circuit after Judge Ann Claire Williams, who retired in 2018.
The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Candace Jackson-Akiwumi on her nomination to the Seventh Circuit.