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.
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:
June 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Civil and human rights advocates supporting Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court are paying close attention to the need for balance on a court that has been consistently favoring powerful corporate interests at the expense of everyday Americans.
June 30, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The civil rights community is speaking out against attempts by some senators to distort the legacy of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall during the confirmation hearings on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
June 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically reinterpreted its landmark Miranda decision by requiring criminal suspects to invoke their right to remain silent with a clear, explicit statement.
May 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held today that a group of African-American firefighters can sue the city of Chicago over a discriminatory hiring test, overturning a lower court decision that said that the firefighters filed their claim too late.
May 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday (6-3) that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment does not permit the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses.
May 13, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 12-7 Goodwin Liu's nomination to be a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
May 11, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Still seeking justice after last year's Supreme Court ruling that limited the right to challenge age discrimination in the workplace, Jack Gross last week testified before members of Congress about the need to pass the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.
May 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan today to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. In her current role as solicitor general, Kagan is the primary lawyer representing the U.S. government – and therefore, the interests of the American people – before the Court.
April 9, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he will retire in June at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court's current term.
Stevens, who will turn 90 this month, is the currently the court's oldest and longest-serving member. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to succeed Justice William O. Douglas in 1975, after serving five years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
How the Courts Work
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