WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Senate voted 50-47 on Thursday to verify Eric Dreiband as the brand new assistant legal professional basic for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Attorney Eric Dreiband, a associate on the Jones Day regulation agency and President Donald Trump’s nominee to be assistant legal professional basic in command of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, talks with attendees after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s Annual Leadership Mission to DC in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
The vote was break up alongside get together traces. Dreiband’s nomination had languished for greater than a 12 months after President Donald Trump first nominated him to the publish.
Dreiband, an legal professional on the regulation agency Jones Day, will take over the function of main the Civil Rights Division from John Gore, additionally previously from Jones Day, who has been serving as its performing head since July of final 12 months.
“Eric has distinguished himself as an outstanding lawyer and a committed public servant,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions mentioned in an announcement.
Dreiband’s nomination was strongly opposed by some civil rights advocacy teams, who pointed to his authorized observe report of representing corporations in high-profile discrimination circumstances and articles he wrote that had been crucial of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Civil Rights Division has undergone super adjustments below Sessions’ management and reversed course on many Obama-era authorized positions, together with two vital voting rights circumstances.
Last 12 months, Sessions additionally issued a memo declaring that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t defend transgender individuals from office discrimination.
Among a few of the matters which were prioritized by the Civil Rights Division below Sessions embody the protection of “religious freedom,” equivalent to backing anti-abortion facilities in a case over a California regulation requiring notices be supplied on the place girls can obtain state-funded abortions.
The division has additionally pushed to file extra circumstances towards cities that discriminate towards homes of worship.
Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Leslie Adler and Susan Thomas