The composition of the federal judiciary is a civil rights issue of profound importance to all Americans. The individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on civil rights protections for all. As such, the federal judiciary must be perceived by the public as an instrument of justice, and the individuals who are selected for this branch of government must be the embodiment of fairness and impartiality.
November 18, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
For the third time in less than three weeks, the Senate voted on Monday to block the nomination of a D.C. Circuit nominee. Judge Robert Wilkins, the latest victim of the GOP filibuster, follows two others who President Obama nominated to the court in June – Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard.
November 12, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Less than two weeks after the filibusters of Patricia Millett to serve on the D.C. Circuit and Congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Senate voted on Tuesday to block the nomination of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to fill one of three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, which is often considered the second-most important court in the United States.
November 4, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights filed an amicus brief last week in the Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. case regarding the use of disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which the Supreme Court will hear on December 4, 2013.
October 31, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate voted today to filibuster the nominations of Patricia Millett to fill one of three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit and of Congressman Mel Watt to be the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
September 17, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
By Tamera Willis, a Leadership Conference Intern
Civil and human rights advocates have been pushing for the Senate to confirm President Obama’s three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
July 9, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
In a letter to the U.S. Senate today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced its support for the confirmation of Patricia Millett to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on her nomination tomorrow, July 10.
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes President Obama’s Judicial Nominations to D.C. Circuit Court
June 5, 2013 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Civil and human rights advocates applauded President Obama’s announcement from the Rose Garden this morning that he has nominated Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, Patricia Millett, and Robert Wilkins to fill longstanding vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
May 16, 2012 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Common Cause, a government watchdog group, filed a lawsuit yesterday with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenging the use of the filibuster in the Senate as unconstitutional.
January 25, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler
In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama called on the Senate to end the partisan gridlock that is blocking or delaying the confirmation of qualified judges and other executive branch appointments.
December 9, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The U.S. Senate this week failed to move forward on votes to confirm two high-profile Obama administration appointees. The nominations of both Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Richard Cordray to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican-led filibusters and allow for up-or-down confirmation votes.
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