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Senate Goes to Work on Nominations

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Senate moved key nominations yesterday, the first of the new year.M. Patricia Smith was confirmed 60-37 to be the solicitor of labor.  In this role, Smith will provide legal advice to the Department of Labor about how to enforce federal labor laws.Smith has had a long, distinguished career as labor attorney for the state … Read More

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Payton Calls on Congress to Restore Americans’ Access to the Courts

Monday, December 7, 2009

John Payton, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that will limit Americans’ access to courts.In Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the Court ruled 5-4 that plaintiffs must come to court with “plausible” evidence of a defendant’s … Read More

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Sonia Sotomayor Is the Next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, August 6, 2009

UPDATE – Sotomayor was sworn in on Saturday, August 8. Today, the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor 68-31 to replace retired Justice David Souter as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first Latina – and only the third woman – to sit on the nation’s highest court. “Her place on the Supreme … Read More

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Civil Rights in the Supreme Court: Wrapping up the 2008-2009 Term

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the final decisions of its 2008-2009 term, a year that saw many cases with civil rights implications.  Here are summaries of some of these cases: AT&T v. Hulteen: This case was filed by four women who took pregnancy leave at AT&T before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act became … Read More

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