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Spotlight on Humphrey Nominee: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Monday, April 25, 2016

On May 11, the civil and human rights community will honor U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her exemplary record of legislative achievement supporting social and economic justice for all Americans.

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Categories: Civil Rights History

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Senate Confirms First Judicial Nominee in Two Months

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, making him the first federal judge confirmed in exactly two months. Crenshaw, an African American who had the support of both his Republican home-state senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, waited more than 14 months for confirmation – even though he fills one of more than 30 judicial emergencies nationwide.

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Categories: Judiciary

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As Sentencing Reform Stalls in Congress, President Obama Commutes 61 Sentences

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 248 – more than the last six presidents combined.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Supreme Court Hears Zubik v. Burwell Religious Freedom Case

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last month, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and National Urban League in filing an amicus brief in the Zubik v. Burwell Supreme Court case.

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Categories: Religious Freedom, Women's Rights

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What Families Can Expect from the New FCC Rules

Thursday, March 17, 2016

By Peter Wagner

The Federal Communications Commission’s historic October 2015 order expanding its regulations of the prison and jail telephone industry goes into effect today. It’s a little complicated because prisons and jails have different effective dates, and part of the FCC’s order has been stayed by the federal courts. And on March 16, the FCC issued a public notice — which if the companies stay true to form, they are likely to challenge in court — reminding the companies that in-state calls are also to be capped. Barring new rulings from the court, here is what the families of incarcerated people can expect.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Media & Technology, Prison Phone Rates

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President Obama Nominates Garland to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing in February. Garland has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 19 years, and has been the court’s chief judge since 2013.

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Categories: Judiciary

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DOL Announces New Rules to Implement Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Friday, February 26, 2016

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez this week announced new rules to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 to establish paid sick leave for federal contractors – which Obama signed last year on Labor Day.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Workers' Rights

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Supreme Court Rules that Juveniles Must Have Chance to Challenge Life Sentences

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana that anyone sentenced to life imprisonment for murder as a juvenile must have a chance to argue for parole.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Obama’s Immigration Actions

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would review a challenge to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas.

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Categories: Immigration

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Senate Finally Confirms Restrepo, Obama Nominates Two to Seventh Circuit

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed (82-6) Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo, who was nominated to fill the vacancy by President Obama in November 2014, is the first Latino from Pennsylvania to serve on the Third Circuit Court and just the second circuit court judge confirmed during the 114th Congress.

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Categories: Judiciary

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