For the first time in history, an African American and openly gay judge has been nominated to the U.S. District Court of Illinois. Judge Staci Michelle Yandle was nominated last week by President Obama, who has nominated more African American and more gay judges than any other president in American history. Yandle is a 20-year private practice judge who could represent the southern district of Illinois. This will also be the district’s first black judge.
Judge Yandle is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University School of Law. At the start of her judicial career, she worked as an associate with the law firm of Carr, Korein, Schlichter, Kunin, Montroy, Glass & Bogard. That was followed by her work as a partner with The Rex Carr Law Firm, LLC before she began her own practice that led to her most recent nomination through President Obama.