Senate Fails to Meet the Lowest Possible Bar for Judicial Nominees

Courts News 09.11,19

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

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 confirmation of Ada Brown (Northern District of Texas) and Steven Grimberg (Northern District of Georgia), who both refused to affirm that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided:

“The Senate is back in session and one of the first orders of business was to hand lifetime appointments to Trump’s judicial nominees who have refused to state that the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation was correctly decided. Yet again, the Senate failed to meet even the lowest bar and voted to confirm both Ada Brown and Steven Grimberg. The American people deserve better. We need senators who will fight back against a dangerous president who is taking every opportunity to reshape the judiciary in his image.”

May 2019 marked 65 years since the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board ruling that struck down the shameful doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ Read The Leadership Conference’s letter and updated list of nominees who we are calling on senators to oppose – all of whom refused to state unequivocally that Brown 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