There’s always been an air of desperation around right-wing attempts to smear Judge Merrick Garland’s judicial record. Unable to find actual evidence that Judge Garland is anything but a fair-minded jurist who upholds the rule of law, his critics have resorted to either gross mischaracterizations of his decisions, or attacks manufactured out of thin air—making assumptions about his views based on the bare fact that President Obama nominated him rather than actual cases (and he has 19 years’ worth to choose from).
The Nomination of Merrick Garland
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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.
In a series of speeches on the House floor last Thursday, a group of House Members led by Rep. Hank Johnson made a powerful and compelling case to end the insidious practice of pre-dispute forced arbitration. Attacking forced arbitration in all its forms, the Members explained how corporations use the practice to deceive individuals into giving up their legal rights and escape accountability for breaking the law. They also highlighted the growing demand for change and various ongoing reform efforts, including new legislation and agency rulemaking.
AFJ in the News
Senate Democrats tried Tuesday to force a confirmation vote on nearly a dozen judicial nominees, including Edward Stanton III of Memphis, but Republicans quickly shut them down.
You may have seen the new HBO movie, Confirmation. It’s about the battle over the 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court and the courageous effort by Anita Hill to tell her painful story of sexual harassment and Thomas’ unbecoming behavior when they worked together at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
At the beginning of the movie, a scene takes place in the office of Sen. Ted Kennedy that propels the whole tale forward. A phone call comes in for his staffer, Ricki Seidman, and a voice on the other end of the line says, “Hey, Ricki, this is Nan at the Alliance for Justice. You know that thing we’ve been hearing all summer about how Thomas treated women who worked for him. I’ve finally found a name.”
Well, that “Nan at the Alliance for Justice” is me.
Washington, D.C. April 21, 2016— Alliance for Justice, along with the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the National Consumer Law Center, has today filed a class action lawsuit in federal court accusing the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts of illegally charging excessive fees to access court records through its online Public Access to Court Electronic Records system (PACER).
MEDIA ADVISORY TELEPHONE PRESS AVAILABILITY April 13, 2016 Contact: Kyle Barry, Director of Justice Programs Alliance for Justice 202-464-7365, email@example.com Over 50 professors and constitutional experts from Ohio law schools have written a letter to Sen. Rob Portman urging him to “give fair consideration to the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme… Read more »
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.