As I read Mike Sacks’s piece in the National Law Journal yesterday on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, I was struck with a bout of déjà vu.
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The impartiality of our courts is under siege. Thirty-nine states select judges in elections that are becoming increasingly expensive and politicized. Between 2000 and 2009, contributions in state supreme court races more than doubled. As pressure on judges to raise campaign funds grows, they will continue turning to their most significant contributors—lawyers and lobbyists. It is therefore no surprise that 95 percent of respondents to a national poll believe that contributions influence judicial decision-making—and that nearly half of surveyed state court judges agree.
During the same week in which we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Supreme Court will hear a significant case determining whether one of Dr. King’s legacies, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, will continue to be fully and effectively enforced. For civil rights and housing advocates, the stakes could not be higher.
The reintroduction of the so-called FACT Act is yet another attempt to take away access to justice for some of the most vulnerable people in our country. Victims of asbestos-related illnesses deserve better than the burdensome reporting requirements and unnecessary delay on compensation claims that this bill is pushing.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement in connection with today’s protest in front of the Chamber of Commerce on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United: Five years ago today, in a stunning display of judicial overreach, the Supreme Court abruptly broke… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s acceptance of cases dealing with marriage equality: Since the Supreme Court issued landmark rulings in 2013, 31 federal district and appellate judges have struck down bans on marriage equality. Citing not only the… Read more »
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Nine public interest groups are prodding the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s arbitration task force, which met in Washington on Thursday, to ensure that the self-regulator improves the transparency of mandatory arbitration for investors by releasing a wide range of data not now publicly available.
This is pretty ridiculous even for a Republican. The new chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been taking stock cooking the books of the committee’s accomplishments, and has just decided to commandeer some of them.
For almost 40 years, Wisconsin’s judges have been working without a mandatory retirement age. But all of a sudden, some state GOP leaders have decided that this is a major problem.
The video tells the story of three everyday people who found themselves trapped in a system rigged to favor corporate wrongdoers and what that did to their lives and livelihoods. Together we can send a clear message that it’s unacceptable for corporations to use forced arbitration to duck accountability for their actions and exempt themselves from the civil rights and consumer laws that are the foundation of a just society.