Federal appeals court nominee Nancy Abudu fended off attacks from GOP lawmakers over her work as an attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, as Republicans continue to criticize the civil rights advocacy backgrounds of some of Biden’s judicial picks.

Abudu, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, has worked at the nonprofit as interim director for strategic litigation since 2019. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Abudu about the SPLC labeling some conservative and religious organizations as hate groups, but Abudu noted she played no part in that aspect of its work.