The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
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.
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.
September 23, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge John Bates upheld the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama.
July 27, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights welcomed the news that California Governor Jerry Brown has nominated law professor Goodwin Liu to serve on the state's supreme court.
July 14, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions reveal a growing trend toward limiting Americans’ access to the courts, according to witnesses testifying at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Supreme Court’s Decision in Wal-Mart Case Severely Limits the Ability to Challenge Systemic Discrimination
June 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al. will limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases, according to many civil and human rights groups.
May 24, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
May 19, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Senate today was blocked from holding a confirmation vote on the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when it failed to garner enough votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.
May 18, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
In a letter to U.S. Senators, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today called for the confirmation of Professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
"Professor Liu’s stellar background, his intellectual honesty and independence, and his utmost respect for the Constitution and its values all make him an outstanding candidate," wrote Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference.
They urged senators to vote "yes" on both cloture and final confirmation of Liu. A large number of civil and human rights organizations are also supporting Liu’s confirmation.
Liu's nomination has languished for more than a year as some senators employed an unprecedented level of obstructionist tactics to slow down many of President Obama’s nominees.
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