Courts News

Press Release 12.3.19

It Was Wrong in 1954, It’s Wrong Now

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Eric Komitee (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York) and the Senate’s vote to advance the nomination of John Sinatra (U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York), both of whom refused to affirm that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided:

News 11.29.19

This Week in Judicial Nominations – 11/29

Trump promised to remake the federal judiciary in his image at a reckless rate by confirming more than 180 judges by the end of this year. With 164 judicial confirmations, Trump, enabled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are taking over our courts by installing unqualified and biased judicial nominees who jeopardize our civil rights. To date, Trump has filled nearly one-fifth of the entire federal judiciary, and one-quarter of all circuit court judgeships. Stymied by Congress, Trump and McConnell are trying to transform our courts in order to implement the party’s failing agenda. And the harm caused by this deliberate attempt to roll back our civil and human rights by filling the courts with anti-civil rights nominees will be felt for decades to come.

Press Release 11.21.19

VanDyke and Bumatay Are Trump’s Latest Attempts to Transform Ninth Circuit

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 nominations of Lawrence VanDyke and Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for seats in Nevada and California, respectively:

Press Release 11.13.19

Menashi is Unqualified to Sit in Thurgood Marshall’s Seat

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:

News 11.12.19

This Week in Judicial Nominations – 11/12

Trump and Senate Republicans continue to shamelessly stack our federal courts with more ideological extremists. The total number of confirmations to lifetime appointments on the federal bench under Trump is now 161— nearly one-fifth of the entire federal judiciary, and a terrifying one-quarter of all circuit court judgeships in less than three years.

Press Release 11.7.19

Rudofsky’s Confirmation Will Bring Bias to the Bench

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 confirm Lee Rudofsky to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas: