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.
December 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that concerns whether overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, warrants a court ordered reduction of nearly 40,000 prisoners within two years.
November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:
September 24, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved 14 of 15 judicial nominees, including several who have been denied confirmation votes on the Senate floor for months due to an unprecedented campaign of obstruction.
September 16, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
On September 13, President Obama resubmitted five nominees to sit on federal courts to the Senate, all of whom had been previously nominated and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee months ago.
September 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights organizations are urging Congress to move more quickly toward repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that the policy is unconstitutional.
Justice Department Clarifies State Courts’ Obligation to Provide Language Interpreters and Translators
August 18, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Department of Justice sent a letter to state courts on Monday clarifying the courts' obligation to provide language assistance to those who are not English proficient so that all people have fair access to the courts.
August 9, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
With Elena Kagan confirmed to the Supreme Court, civil rights groups are frustrated that the Senate left for recess without confirming pending judicial nominees that had been held up unnecessarily.
August 5, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Today, the Senate voted 63-37 to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan, nominated by President Obama on May 10, will succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in June after more than 34 years on the court.
July 20, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted 13-6 to recommend the confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"General Kagan's thoughtful approach to the law and her skills as a consensus builder will be a great benefit to the Supreme Court and our justice system," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The Leadership Conference supports General Kagan's nomination and is urging a swift confirmation.
July 20, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
During its 2009-2010 term, which ended last month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard several cases with civil rights implications.
Here are summaries of some of these cases:
How the Courts Work
Civil Rights in the Courts
Supreme Court Decisions
What's At Stake
What's At Stake
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