We are now several months into President Joe Biden’s presidency, and are starting to get a glimpse into what his vision for the judiciary looks like. Liberal groups had been calling for the president to make diversity—whether it’s rooted in race, gender or legal background—a priority when making his nominations for the bench. This month’s cover story, written by Jacqueline Thomsen, looks at how Biden officials put out their request to senators for diverse candidates shortly before assuming office. Federal court observers say the Biden administration’s stance represents a shift from Donald Trump’s.
Next, in our second feature, Biden has pledged to ramp up the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, but that raises a slew of legal questions for employers. We check in with in-house counsel and legal experts about the considerations companies need to keep in mind when it comes to opening up offices or requiring employees to get vaccinated.