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In the 2012-2013 term, despite positive outcomes in several high-profile cases, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court managed to accomplish a great deal to advance its agenda. From eviscerating one of the most important and effective laws from the Civil Rights movement, to insulating big business from meaningful consumer action, to undercutting adequate redress for victims of workplace harassment, the Roberts Court has achieved its right-wing agenda with alarming success. Read More »
It has been well documented that the “Corporate Court” consistently pursues a political agenda that favors powerful corporate interests and the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans. What is less well known is that in order to reach these pro-corporate outcomes, certain justices have proven strikingly willing to engage in judicial activism by overreaching and twisting the law. The Supreme Court‟s pro-corporate shift is the result of a decades-long campaign by special interest groups to elevate corporate profits and private wealth over individual rights and personal freedoms. Since John Roberts became Chief Justice in 2005, the Supreme Court has demonstrated a readiness to do whatever it takes to interpret the law in a way that protects powerful interests. Read More »
President Obama has the best record of any President in appointing women to the federal judiciary. President Obama is the first President to appoint two women to the Supreme Court. Because of those appointments, three women sit on the Supreme Court for the first time in its history. Forty-two percent of his appointees have been women – a rate almost double that of President George W. Bush (22%) and almost fifty percent greater than that of President Clinton (29%). President Obama already has appointed more female federal judges that President George W. Bush did in his entire presidency (80 to 71). 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 »
RECENT PRESS RELEASES
oday’s vote to confirm Todd Hughes marks another milestone in the long journey toward justice and equality. Alliance for Justice long has fought for a federal judiciary that reflects the full diversity of America and a confirmation process that evaluates candidates based on their legal expertise, not how they look or who they love.Read More »
The American people have good reason to be fed up with Republican obstruction and delay. They demand and deserve courts that have enough judges to administer justice fairly and swiftly. Americans are entitled to a swift yes-or-no vote by the full Senate on Nina Pillard and President Obama’s other judicial nominees.Read More »
The last Supreme Court term “was filled with rulings that weakened the ability of the justice system to ensure fairness and equality, and instead permitted discrimination and corporate deception,” according to a report released by Alliance for Justice, which calls on Congress to step in and correct the Court’s most damaging decisions.Read More »
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently called the current Supreme Court ‘ … one of the most activist courts in history.’ We agree,” said AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz. “Conservatives preach judicial restraint, but, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court majority routinely overreaches in pursuit of an ideological agenda.”Read More »
Supreme Court justices should be able to resist the temptation to lend the prestige of their office to partisan political causes, or fraternize with and fundraise on behalf of those who could have a financial stake in Court decisions. Unfortunately, some of the justices sitting on the Supreme Court today have been unable to resist that temptation.Read More »