Courts News

News 01.24.20

This Week in Judicial Nominations – 1/24

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham kicked off 2020 right where he left off: by advancing to the Senate floor more extreme nominees who have egregious civil rights records for lifetime federal judgeships.

Press Release 01.14.20

Civil Rights Organizations Call for Defeat of Andrew Brasher’s Nomination to Eleventh Circuit

WASHINGTON — Leading national, state and local racial justice organizations today called for the Senate to reject the nomination of Andrew Brasher to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court for Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The move comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee announces it will vote on the Brasher nomination this Thursday. Last week, a coalition of 29 advocacy organizations sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, calling on them to halt the confirmation process for Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees now that the president has been impeached and faces a trial in the Senate.

Press Release 01.7.20

Advocacy Organizations Call on Senate to Halt Judicial Confirmations Process

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, calling on them to halt the confirmation process for Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees now that the president has been impeached and faces a trial in the Senate. Organizations signing the letter include People For the American Way, National Women's Law Center, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, NAACP, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The full letter can be seen here.

News 12.26.19

This Week in Judicial Nominations – 12/26

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will stop at nothing to achieve through the courts what their party cannot accomplish legislatively: erasing the progress our nation has made to recognize and protect hard-fought civil rights. Indeed, instead of passing crucial legislation that would restore and safeguard our voting rights, for example, McConnell is actively installing nominees with demonstrated records of creating and defending the most egregious efforts to block access to the ballot box. Senate Republicans have confirmed lifetime nominees who defended Ohio’s notorious voter purge law and argued for some of the nation’s most restrictive laws that would deny voting rights to millions of people.

Press Release 12.16.19

McConnell Makes Year-End Attempt to Entrench GOP’s Court Takeover

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on 13 judicial nominees this week in an attempt to bring Trump’s total lifetime confirmations to 187:

Press Release 12.11.19

VanDyke Confirmation an Affront to Civil Rights

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Lawrence VanDyke to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Nevada:

Press Release 12.10.19

Californians Deserve Better than Bumatay on the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: