Among those named on Tuesday are candidates with experience as a military and family judge, a district administrator and an intellectual property attorney.
For the seventh round, Mr. Biden chose Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, a veteran trial attorney who served as a Chicago defense attorney for a decade, rather than a traditional résumé for a candidate for an appeals court. But progressives see them as emblematic of the kind of candidates they hope Mr Biden will select for other court openings across the country.
“It is important that a diverse, qualified candidate be nominated for the Seventh Circle,” said Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin who now heads the American Constitution Society. “The Seventh Circle is currently made up entirely of white judges, and it is time to reverse this trend that has been accelerated by the Trump administration.”
Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi, currently a partner in Zuckerman Spaeder’s Washington law firm, is just one of the African-American candidates on Mr. Biden’s list, including Judge Jackson, a federal junior judge in the District of Columbia, a top candidate if Mr. Biden has the opportunity to nominate someone to the Supreme Court.
The first judicial decisions of a new presidency usually set the tone for the administration. The White House strictly controlled information about who was considered for nominations. With 68 slots open and another 26 slated to become available later this year, liberal activists are encouraging the government to crack down on Mr Trump’s decisions, especially as Democrats could lose control of the Senate in next year’s midterm elections.
White House officials said Mr Biden is moving faster than Mr Trump and other former presidents. By the end of March of his first year, Mr Trump had appointed only a district court judge and no district court judge. Mr. Obama had appointed a district court judge and three district court judges. President George W. Bush named no judges until May of his first year in office and President Bill Clinton until August.
Mr Biden’s White House made it clear from the start that it intends to put judges with different backgrounds on the Bundesbank as soon as possible. In a letter in December, the new White House attorney, Dana Remus, told Democratic Senators that Mr. Biden would be looking for judges from groups historically underrepresented at the bank.