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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

White House to Brief Concerned Citizens on Efforts to Fully Staff the Judiciary and D.C. Circuit
Meeting Comes Day after Bold Action by the President to Fully Staff D.C. Circuit Court

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
June 4, 2013

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, the Obama administration will meet with a broad spectrum of concerned citizens, legal experts and community leaders from 30 states about the judicial vacancy crisis. These state leaders from the faith, women’s, disability, LGBT, African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American communities will be joined by  environmental, good government, civil rights, civic engagement, and legal organizations. 

In advance of this meeting, 21 national organizations are calling on the Senate to promptly consider today’s nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for an end to the obstruction that has left 81 court vacancies and 32 judicial emergencies nationwide. Their joint statement follows:

“Today’s nominations to the D.C. Circuit and tomorrow’s White House briefing serve as an unequivocal statement from the White House that a functioning and fully staffed judiciary should be a priority for all Americans.

Regardless of where you live or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works for them. That’s why such a diverse mix of advocates from across the country is meeting with the administration tomorrow. 

Recent cases demonstrate that no matter the issue – health care, immigration, marriage equality, workers’ rights, employment discrimination, education, voting rights, environmental protection, and privacy – the courts play an increasingly important role in the lives of all Americans.

But some in the Senate have turned this idea on its head, arguing that our courts should function with fewer judges and that presidents shouldn’t be allowed to fill vacancies that occur under their watch. 

We believe that each nominee submitted by the President deserves a timely yes-or-no confirmation vote. Together, we will continue to fight for a fully-staffed and independent judiciary made up of diverse, fair-minded and well-qualified judges who can ensure that all Americans can get their cases heard.”

Signed,

Alliance for Justice
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Anti-Defamation League
Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Center for American Progress
Compassion & Choices
Defenders of Wildlife
Earthjustice
Hispanic National Bar Association
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
The National Bar Association
National Black Justice Coalition
National Council of Jewish Women
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
The National Native American Bar Association
National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Women's Law Center
People For the American Way

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