Senate Again Fails to Stop Judicial Nominee Who Wouldn’t Affirm Brown v. Board of Education

Courts News 10.16.19

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, fair courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of David Novak (Eastern District of Virginia), who refused to affirm that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided:

“It is troubling that, yet again, the Senate has voted to confirm a judicial nominee who refused to acknowledge that the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision was correctly decided. Affirming Brown is an essential principle of racial equality and should be considered a moral floor for those who seek lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary.”

May 2019 marked 65 years since 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 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 220 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