WHAT WE DO
Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Alliance for Justice fights to ensure that America lives up to its promise of equal justice under law.
AFJ Media Resources
- We fight to take politics out of the judicial selection process and ensure there is a judge for every vacancy on the federal courts.
- We fight to keep the courthouse doors open to consumers harmed by big business.
- We fight for the highest standards of ethics and accountability in the judiciary.
- We fight The 1% Court – a Supreme Court that stacks the deck in favor of big business and against the rest of us.
- And we help other nonprofits and foundations advocate for a just society.
For more information, contact Richard Wexler, Media Relations Manager, at Richard (at)afj.org or (202) 464-7371.
RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS
"The Alliance for Justice reports are so detailed, comprehensive and invaluable they should be read by everyone, from the president to Congress and the media."
-Brent Budowsky, columnist, The Hill
THE JUDICIAL VACANCY CRISIS. Because of an unprecedented campaign of delay by Republican senators, scores of federal judgeships remain empty, some of them for years. That can force everyday Americans to wait months, sometimes years for a chance to stand up for their rights in court. AFJ’s reports show how these delays have given new meaning to the term “obstruction of justice.” AFJ’s comprehensive database tracks the status of every vacancy for a lifetime judgeship on every federal court in America. Want to know if justice is being delayed in your state – and why? Start here.
SENATE RULES REFORM. The failure to confirm judges is part of a wider failure – the failure of the Senate itself, brought on by the unprecedented misuse of arcane rules and procedures by the Republican minority. Here’s what’s gone wrong, and how to fix it.
"Unequal Justice brilliantly shines a light on this neglected area and exposes the human consequences that judicial decisions have on the lives of millions of Americans.”
-James B. Steele, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and co-author of The Betrayal of the American Dream
THE CORPORATE THUMB ON THE SCALES OF JUSTICE. Over and over, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with big business and against the interests of everyday Americans. We document “the relentless rise of the 1% Court” in our documentary, Unequal Justice, and in a series of reports and case-by-case analyses.
SUPREME COURT ETHICS REFORM. There is a code of conduct for federal judges that bars them from political activity and fundraising and enjoins them to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. But America’s nine most powerful judges, the justices of the Supreme Court, are exempt. They shouldn’t be. Check out our video and comprehensive resources on Supreme Court ethics reform.
THE EXTREME JUDICIAL ACTIVISM OF THE EXTREME RIGHT. Politicians tend to speak of the Supreme Court in code phrases, but the code itself has become part of the problem. The far right has corrupted the very language of the debate. The discussion has taken an Orwellian turn with right-wing activism described as “restraint” and right-wing efforts to make up new laws described as “interpretation.” We set the record straight.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE. We fight to protect and strengthen America’s civil justice system, which gives everyday Americans the change to defend their rights and hold powerful corporate special interests accountable. Read about our efforts to ensure access to justice.
THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. The Voting Rights Act was the keystone in the arch of protection for people of color. Yet even as efforts at voter suppression increased, the Supreme Court cut the heart out of the law. Now it's up to Congress to undo the damage. We have an overview of the issues and comprehensive analysis of the oral arguments – including audio excerpts.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY. This term the Supreme Court heard arguments on a question where the stakes couldn’t be higher: Who has the right to marry? We have an overview of the cases, a response to the Court’s decisions, and examples of the real world harm of marriage discrimination.
HELPING NONPROFITS. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy initiative promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. If you have a question about the rights and responsibilities of nonprofits, odds are Bolder Advocacy has the answer.
Alliance for Justice analyzes key cases before the United States Supreme Court — using audio excerpts from oral arguments.
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 »
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 »
The First Branch: How Congress Can and Must Repair the Damage—and Build on the Limited Progress—of the 2012-2013 Supreme Court Term
The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term presented qualified victories and crushing defeats for the rights of ordinary Americans. While the Supreme Court required equal federal treatment of lawful same-sex marriages, it also gutted the Voting Rights Act, weakened Title VII, and strengthened laws that allow corporations to escape liability for wrongdoing. However, it is not too late to undo the damage of the 2012-2013 term. Congress has taken action in the past to reverse the Court’s most unjust rulings, and ought to do so again. 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 »