PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Groups, Fair Courts Experts Discuss Harm of Senate Rules Change

Courts News 04.2,19

Contact: Kristen Voorhees, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and fair courts experts will host a telephone press briefing to discuss Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brazen partisan power grab in his latest attempt to change the rules on debate time for nominees who would serve on our federal courts for decades to come.

Despite rushing through as many anti-civil rights nominees as possible, Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans continue to place party over country in their quest to reshape our federal courts and roll back civil and human rights protections. On this call, experts will emphasize the importance of maintaining the integrity and impartiality of our federal courts, and highlight several district court nominees who would be rushed through should this change go into effect.

Specifically, the speakers will examine the records of: Thomas Farr (Eastern District of North Carolina), Matthew Kacsmaryk (Northern District of Texas), Howard Nielson (District of Utah), Michael Truncale (Eastern District of Texas), Patrick Wyrick (Western District of Oklahoma), and Wendy Vitter (Eastern District of Louisiana).

Please RSVP to [email protected].

When: Wednesday, April 3 | 3:00 p.m. ET


  • Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Marge Baker, executive vice president, People For the American Way
  • Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Sharon M. McGowan, chief strategy officer and legal director, Lambda Legal
  • Harper Jean Tobin, director of policy, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Cecelia Thomas, legislative manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Dan Goldberg, legal director, Alliance for Justice


Dial-in: 785.424.1667
Conference ID: SENATE