WHAT WE DO
Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Alliance for Justice fights to ensure that America lives up to its promise of equal justice under law.
AFJ Media Resources
- We fight to take politics out of the judicial selection process and ensure there is a judge for every vacancy on the federal courts.
- We fight to keep the courthouse doors open to consumers harmed by big business.
- We fight for the highest standards of ethics and accountability in the judiciary.
- We fight The 1% Court – a Supreme Court that stacks the deck in favor of big business and against the rest of us.
- And we help other nonprofits and foundations advocate for a just society.
For more information, contact Richard Wexler, Media Relations Manager, at Richard (at)afj.org or (202) 464-7371.
RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS
"The Alliance for Justice reports are so detailed, comprehensive and invaluable they should be read by everyone, from the president to Congress and the media."
-Brent Budowsky, columnist, The Hill
THE JUDICIAL VACANCY CRISIS. Because of an unprecedented campaign of delay by Republican senators, scores of federal judgeships remain empty, some of them for years. That can force everyday Americans to wait months, sometimes years for a chance to stand up for their rights in court. AFJ’s reports show how these delays have given new meaning to the term “obstruction of justice.” AFJ’s comprehensive database tracks the status of every vacancy for a lifetime judgeship on every federal court in America. Want to know if justice is being delayed in your state – and why? Start here.
SENATE RULES REFORM. The failure to confirm judges is part of a wider failure – the failure of the Senate itself, brought on by the unprecedented misuse of arcane rules and procedures by the Republican minority. Here’s what’s gone wrong, and how to fix it.
"Unequal Justice brilliantly shines a light on this neglected area and exposes the human consequences that judicial decisions have on the lives of millions of Americans.”
-James B. Steele, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and co-author of The Betrayal of the American Dream
THE CORPORATE THUMB ON THE SCALES OF JUSTICE. Over and over, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with big business and against the interests of everyday Americans. We document “the relentless rise of the 1% Court” in our documentary, Unequal Justice, and in a series of reports and case-by-case analyses.
SUPREME COURT ETHICS REFORM. There is a code of conduct for federal judges that bars them from political activity and fundraising and enjoins them to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. But America’s nine most powerful judges, the justices of the Supreme Court, are exempt. They shouldn’t be. Check out our video and comprehensive resources on Supreme Court ethics reform.
THE EXTREME JUDICIAL ACTIVISM OF THE EXTREME RIGHT. Politicians tend to speak of the Supreme Court in code phrases, but the code itself has become part of the problem. The far right has corrupted the very language of the debate. The discussion has taken an Orwellian turn with right-wing activism described as “restraint” and right-wing efforts to make up new laws described as “interpretation.” We set the record straight.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE. We fight to protect and strengthen America’s civil justice system, which gives everyday Americans the change to defend their rights and hold powerful corporate special interests accountable. Read about our efforts to ensure access to justice.
THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. The Voting Rights Act has become the keystone in the arch of protection for people of color. Yet even as efforts at voter suppression are increasing, the Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a key provision of this vital civil rights law. We have an overview of the issues and comprehensive analysis of the oral arguments – including audio excerpts.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY. This term the Supreme Court hears arguments on a question where the stakes couldn’t be higher: Who has the right to marry? We have an overview of the cases, and examples of the real world harm of marriage discrimination.
HELPING NONPROFITS. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy initiative promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. If you have a question about the rights and responsibilities of nonprofits, odds are Bolder Advocacy has the answer.
Alliance for Justice analyzes key cases before the United States Supreme Court — using audio excerpts from oral arguments.
Democracy itself is on trial in the United States Senate. If Republicans persist in preventing yes-or-no votes on President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees, the only recourse will be for the majority to revisit Senate rules reform and put an end once and for all to Republican efforts to subvert the Senate’s constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent.Read More »
Grassley deserves "A" for creativity, "F" for content on "pre-emptive filibuster" of D.C. Circuit nominees
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) deserves “an ‘A’ for creativity but an ‘F’ for content” for his scheme to obstruct future nominees to the nation’s second most important court, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron said Thursday. Aron was referring to Grassley’s plan to eliminate three of the four vacant judgeships on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a plan he raised again at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday.Read More »
For years, nonprofit advocacy groups have called for the IRS to provide clear guidance around the “facts and circumstances” test because the current standard is so vague. The test, which has been the standard for what constitutes election-related activity, has created a compliance and enforcement nightmare for the advocacy organizations, as well as IRS staff.Read More »
The “give them an inch and they take a mile” Senate Republicans, after being given the courtesy of a two-week delay on Tom Perez’s committee vote to serve as Secretary of Labor, today invoked an arcane procedural maneuver to delay that vote for yet another week.Read More »
Federal legislation introduced Tuesday to ban the increasingly common practice of forced arbitration “is urgently needed to reopen the courthouse doors to millions of Americans,” according to Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron.Read More »
As President Obama’s second term begins in earnest, there is room for hope that the Administration and the Senate will finally be able to make some headway in reducing the historic backlog of unfilled judicial vacancies. The President has, over the last year, significantly increased his nomination pace, putting pressure on the Senate to act to confirm his nominees. Moreover, the Senate has recently changed its rules to allow for the swifter consideration of district court nominees, potentially allowing for an easier confirmation process. Read More »
As President Obama finishes his first term and looks forward to his second, the cumulative effects of Republican senators’ ceaseless obstruction of judicial nominees is evident: the President will complete his fourth year in office with more vacancies and judicial emergencies than when he was inaugurated and with far fewer confirmations than his two predecessors had at the end of their first terms. In short, while the President has enjoyed some major judicial selection victories—most notably his appointments to the Supreme Court—his first term has largely been a missed opportunity to fully staff the lower federal courts. Given the current situation, the President has a significant amount of unfinished business to complete during the remainder of his presidency. Read More »