Today Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont continued the fight against the pernicious practice of forced arbitration, introducing the Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016. The bill would ensure that big corporations can’t use insidious forced arbitration clauses to avoid liability for violating statutory and constitutional rights. If passed, the bill would be a victory not… 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 report illustrates the deleterious effect vacancies can have when fundamental constitutional rights hang in the balance, and profiles the recent judicial record of the court’s active judges.
AFJ in the News
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals does not suit Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. As Republican presidential candidates search for issues to sway voters, the Republican governor is pushing for a new federal appeals court to rule on the constitutional issues that arise in his desert state along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Supreme Court sits atop a pyramid of trial and appeals courts, all in the hands of federal judges appointed for life by the president and approved by the Senate.
In recent years, the Supreme Court has distorted the Federal Arbitration Act—an arcane, ninety-year-old statute—to empower special interests and limit the ability of state and federal elected officials to pass effective laws.
Today’s oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association demonstrate how little this case is about legal issues and how much of it is simply a camouflaged attack on the economic and political power of working families, public employees, and the broader labor movement.
Actor, activist, and union member Bradley Whitford narrates this powerful documentary about Supreme Court cases that threaten to undermine the rights of working Americans – and how we can fight back.