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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

"Too many of our courtrooms stand empty." - President Barack Obama, Nov. 14, 2012

"Too many of our courtrooms stand empty." - President Barack Obama, Nov. 14, 2012

Take Action Now:

Call senators (202-224-3121) and demand action without further delay: Vote to confirm all federal judicial nominees. Justice depends on it.

During the first week the Senate returned to Washington for its lame-duck session, President Obama announced seven more highly qualified, diverse nominees to serve as judges in the federal court system. This is an important step toward filling our nation’s vacant courtrooms and confirming more judges who reflect the nation they serve. Among the nominees are women, minorities, and LGBT judges that would bring much-needed diversity to the federal judiciary.

Now what?

The next step is for these nominees to move through the Senate confirmation process in a timely manner. The new nominees join 19 others awaiting a vote in the Senate. There is nothing left to do except vote.

So, why do “our courtrooms stand empty”?

Throughout the President’s first term, a small minority in the Senate has waged a persistent campaign of obstruction to slow down the confirmation process and even deny confirmation votes to highly qualified nominees. This has resulted in a judicial vacancy crisis, with more than 100 vacancies nationwide – including 33 deemed judicial emergencies where there aren’t enough judges to handle the caseload. We can’t afford another four years of these obstructionist tactics.

What can you do?

Take Action. You can take action and call senators (202-224-3121) right now. Demand that senators take their constitutional responsibility seriously and immediately hold confirmation votes for all judicial nominees waiting to be confirmed. Tell them to consider the President’s judicial nominees without further delay.

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