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Freeman, a Philadelphia resident, is the first woman of color on the Third Circuit

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing the historic confirmation of Arianna Freeman of Philadelphia to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“Arianna Freeman’s confirmation is historic for the Third Circuit and for Pennsylvania. She is the first woman of color to serve on the Third Circuit and now one of three women actively serving on that bench. I have no doubt that the breadth of Ms. Freeman’s legal experience and her deep commitment to the community and to the principles of fairness and equal justice will serve the Third Circuit well. While we have a long way to go to make our institutions fully reflect our diversity in Pennsylvania and across the Nation, today, we took a significant step forward with Ms. Freeman’s confirmation,” said Senator Casey.

Arianna Freeman has dedicated her entire legal career to public service. She is a Managing Attorney with the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a position she has held since 2016. Ms. Freeman has worked at the Federal Community Defender Office since 2009, including as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Non-Capital Habeas Unit from 2014 to 2016, and as a Research and Writing Specialist from 2009 to 2014. Ms. Freeman clerked for Judge C. Darnell Jones II from 2008 to 2009, and Judge James T. Giles from 2007 to 2008, both on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Freeman received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007, and her B.A., with honors, from Swarthmore College in 2001.