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.
February 18, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed James E. Graves Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the federal appellate court that presides over Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Graves is the first African-American judge from Mississippi to serve on the Fifth Circuit.
January 6, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Yesterday, President Obama renominated 42 judges who had been voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the last Congress but had not received a vote on the Senate floor.
December 22, 2010 - Posted by Jeff Miller
The Senate headed toward adjournment on Wednesday having voted to confirm only 19 of the 38 judicial nominations pending on the Senate floor. The other 19 nominations fell victim to a two-year campaign of obstruction by Republican senators that prevented even the most noncontroversial nominees from getting an up-or-down confirmation vote on the Senate floor.
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.
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