Committee Keeps Lowering the Bar by Advancing Nominees Who Won’t Affirm Brown v. Board

Courts News 06.13.19

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WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance the nominations of David Novak (Eastern District of Virginia), Matthew Solomson (U.S. Court of Federal Claims), Steven Grimberg (Northern District of Georgia), and Ada Brown (Northern District of Texas). All of them have refused to affirm that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided:

“It is utterly disappointing that the Senate Judiciary Committee continues to advance judicial nominees who are unwilling to acknowledge that the bedrock Brown v. Board decision was correctly decided. Many recent nominees have been willing to affirm this landmark legal precedent, but not Grimberg, Novak, Solomson, and Brown. They are unfit for confirmation. Our congressional leaders cannot continue to lower their standards for these lifetime appointments. There is too much at stake for the country, and for all the generations who will face the lasting consequences of each haphazard confirmation.”

Last month, our nation celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education ruling that struck down the shameful doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ Read The Leadership Conference’s letter calling on senators to oppose all judicial nominees, including Novak, Solomson, Brown, and Grimberg, who refuse to state unequivocally that Brown v. Board was correctly decided.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit