In NY Daily News Opinion, Wiley Urges Senate to Prioritize Judicial Confirmations to Protect Our Rights

Courts News 07.16.22

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WASHINGTON – In an opinion piece published in the New York Daily News, Maya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, expressed that what we have learned from the chaos the Supreme Court created by overturning the fundamental right to abortion and upending a half century of recognized rights is: it matters who presidents nominate and who the Senate confirms to sit on our courts. Creating a path forward requires judges who will advance equal justice for all people, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer must continue judicial confirmations with great urgency.

“There are more than 40 Biden judicial nominees waiting for the Senate to act, and that number will likely increase over the next few weeks and months with more than 100 vacancies right now that need filling. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s largest and oldest coalition of more than 230 organizations, has sent a letter to Leader Schumer urging him to move as many of these nominations as possible, even if it means working through the August recess,” writes Wiley.

The full text of the opinion piece is available [here.]

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 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