We already know that Texas is the epicenter of a growing judicial vacancy crisis. The state has nine judicial vacancies (the most of any state in the country), seven of which are official judicial emergencies. We also know that vacancies mean long delays for the people and businesses who need the courts to protect their… Read more »
2015 First Monday Video: The Right to Unite
Every day, federal judges protect the Constitution, place a check on overzealous legislatures, and help Americans find justice.
Demystifying and decoding advocacy by equipping organizations with knowledge and tools.
Over the past several decades, a conservative-led campaign has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court.
We fight to hold the court to the highest ethical standards, and we fight for a court that upholds the rights of everyday Americans.
The Washington Examiner writes this morning that President Obama may “surpass President George W. Bush’s score when it comes to judicial appointments,” and notes that Obama “seems likely to break Bush’s mark with help from a Republican-controlled Senate.” The sole basis of these claims is that Obama is 11 judicial appointments short of matching Bush’s… Read more »
The Senate returns to work today with a long to-do list after its summer recess. Included on that list are processing judicial nominees, 20 of whom are pending in the Judiciary Committee. Since January, the number of current judicial vacancies has gone up over 50 percent. Quickly confirming the 20 nominees in committee and 9 pending on the Senate floor would be a first step to stemming the vacancy crisis. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans have immediately returned to their politically-motivated strategy of delaying all of President Obama’s judicial nominees.
WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 7, 2015: Alliance for Justice Director of Justice Programs Kyle C. Barry released this statement today in response to the announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concerning forced arbitration: We commend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for announcing plans to develop a rule that will ban the use of forced arbitration… Read more »
Watch the documentary here WASHINGTON, D.C. OCT. 5, 2015: The threat to working Americans posed by a conservative majority on the Supreme Court is the topic of The Right to Unite, a new short documentary released today by Alliance for Justice. The documentary is narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Bradley Whitford. “Corporate interests have been… Read more »
Read the report Hear our teleconference about the report, with Sen. Charles Schumer WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2015: Senate Republicans “have all but abandoned their constitutional duty to confirm federal judges,” according to a report released today by Alliance for Justice. Instead, AFJ says, they have “engineered a politically-motivated vacancy crisis, striving to preserve judicial… Read more »
AFJ in the News
The Senate on Monday approved its seventh judicial nomination since Republicans took over the majority in January.
Democrats are becoming increasingly furious at what they say is a Republican strategy of “slow walking” Obama’s judicial nominations in the hopes that they will be filled by a Republican president after the 2016 elections.
Confirmation votes to fill three judicial vacancies in Tennessee are stuck in a partisan logjam, even though the White House and the state’s Republican senators agree on who should fill the seats.
On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on one of the most anticipated constitutional law issues in recent memory: the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases, four consolidated ones from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, presented two questions for the Court: first, whether the states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states.