President Barack Obama recently nominated Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who serves as a Western District judge in Tennessee, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

“Judge Donald has shown an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career and as a District Judge in Tennessee,” President Obama said in a prepared statement. “I am proud to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and I am confident she will serve the American people with distinction.”
Donald is a distinguished jurist with over 28 years of judicial experience and has served in her current position for 15 years.

Born and raised in Desoto County, Miss., Donald was one of the first students to integrate Olive Branch High School. In 1974, she graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and in 1979 she received her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University. Donald currently serves as the secretary of the American Bar Association and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.