Menashi is Unqualified to Sit in Thurgood Marshall’s Seat

Courts News 11.13.19

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 today’s Senate vote to advance the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit:

“It is a disgrace that Steven Menashi is one step closer to Thurgood Marshall’s seat on the Second Circuit. Menashi’s career is dedicated to curtailing our civil rights. At the Department of Education and now at the White House, he has advanced this administration’s dangerous agenda – from inhumane immigration policies to rolling back protections for sexual assault survivors. While he refused to answer senators’ most basic questions about his work, we know that Menashi would be Betsy DeVos, Stephen Miller, and Donald Trump in a robe – sitting on one of the highest courts in the country. Simply put, he is wholly unfit for this lifetime position.

“It is not too late for senators to stand on the right side of history, to protect civil rights, and preserve judicial fairness and integrity. They must oppose Menashi’s confirmation.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to the confirmation of Steven Menashi, the letter from 28 groups in opposition to him on the basis of his record on immigration, as well as the latest edition of “This Week in Judicial Nominations” here.

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