Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

For four years, President Trump and Senate Republicans stacked the court with unqualified nominees with egregiously conservative records who were mostly white men. With his first slate of judicial nominees, President Biden has already modeled, with dramatic contrast, a commitment to adding demographic and professional diversity to our courts. We look forward to senators following suit in their future nominee recommendations, but we are also counting on all Democratic senators to do what it takes to convert all of these nominees from names on a list into judges in robes.

We are confident that as Chair of the Senate Judiciary…


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At their convention, Democrats spoke about their plans for a better country, including on human, civil, and workers’ rights, and on access to healthcare, reproductive justice, gun reform, climate change, and immigration.

But, remarkably, the speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention spent little time discussing how their lofty and worthy goals would survive judicial challenges.

Contrast that with the Republican National Convention, where numerous speakers spoke about both the Supreme Court and the lower courts. For instance, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said President Trump “appointed constitutional conservatives to the federal bench — over 200 of them.” And, Abby Johnson…


Justin Walker being sworn in for his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 6, 2020. (Screenshot.)

There’s nothing funny about threatening to take people’s health care away, least of all in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Such a simple notion of morality is lost, however, on Justin Walker, the 37-year-old Mitch McConnell protégé that Trump has tapped for a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second most powerful court in the country.

Walker has long been a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act. He called the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the law “indefensible” and “catastrophic,” instead praising his old boss Brett Kavanaugh for having written the “roadmap”…


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In the recent Hill article “Vulnerable Republicans dodge questions on support for ObamaCare lawsuit,” Republican senators dodged questions about their positions on the Trump administration’s lawsuit that seeks to have the courts declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in its entirety. Essential health care coverage for millions of people, including those with preexisting conditions, hangs in the balance. Whether they answer the question or not, no entity is more responsible for this potential catastrophe than the Republican-led Senate.

It is clear that senators facing tough reelections like Joni Ernst, Martha McSally, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines, and Cory Gardner are refusing…


Fifth Circuit nominee Andrew Oldham testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Court-watchers have long ascribed a unique reputation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: The Journal of the American Bar Association memorably referred to it as “one of the most controversial, rancorous, dysfunctional, staunchly conservative and important appellate courts in the country.”

Now, this court is on the brink of earning the dubious distinction of one that has undergone the most egregious makeover by President Donald Trump.

Trump has nominated five individuals — all ultraconservative men — to the court, more than to any other circuit. Three, Don Willett, Kyle Duncan and James Ho, have already been…


This year’s International Women’s Day comes at a particularly crucial time. While there is increased national attention to the need to end sexual abuse, provide gender equality, ensure workers’ rights and voting rights and end discrimination against LGBTQ people, the Trump Administration’s judicial appointees threaten a return to the old order, to injustices that we thought were behind us, never to cross our paths again.

Among those standing in the way of the Administration’s dark vision for our future are the four women members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Mazie Hirono (HI)…


For the 21 years he’s been practicing law, DC attorney Stuart Kyle Duncan has been a movement lawyer for the hard right: waging legal warfare against the rights of multiple groups of Americans — women, African-Americans, juveniles and the LGBTQ community.

So perhaps it’s not too surprising that the Trump White House nominated him for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District. After all, every one of the administration’s judicial nominees, most of them young, white and male, has been very conservative. But Duncan isn’t just conservative. …


Marielena Hincapie´, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

Immigration is baked into our country’s DNA. The way we welcome newcomers speaks volumes about who we are and the values we hold dear as a nation. And when families seek refuge and opportunity in America, the Supreme Court has a big say in how they are treated and how children are protected. But this issue has sadly been used to score cheap political points and stoke fears about changing demographics and economic uncertainty.

In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February, and with…


This article by Nan Aron originally appeared in US News & World Report

Have you ever actually read the fine print in one of the countless agreements, contracts, or terms of service that you casually consent to virtually every day? Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you hit those ubiquitous “agree” buttons or sign a contract to get a loan or a cell phone?

If the answer is no, join the club. Virtually no one does.

But buried inside that dense, tiny text is a stealth weapon aimed directly at your fundamental rights. …


In this contentious campaign season, there appears to be only one thing about which the two major candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, can agree: the importance of the Supreme Court. Both have repeatedly raised the issue in their respective campaigns, and both have said the issue should be a high priority for voters and for the next president.

In this respect, Clinton and Trump are right. The Supreme Court is at a tipping point, with the next president likely to fill several seats on the Supreme Court. The current vacancy due to the passing of Justice Antonin…

Nan Aron

Fighting for fair courts. President of Alliance for Justice, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign, and Bolder Advocacy. Recycling enthusiast with a green thumb.

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