In the run-up to the oral argument in Friedrichs we’ve paid a lot of attention to Justice Scalia’s concurrence in Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Ass’n. But, to date, we’ve largely ignored another Scalia opinion that deserves much more attention. That opinion is Justice Scalia’s dissent in Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois.
2015 First Monday Video: The Right to Unite
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Over the past several decades, a conservative-led campaign has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court.
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We already know that Texas is the epicenter of a growing judicial vacancy crisis. The state has nine judicial vacancies (the most of any state in the country), seven of which are official judicial emergencies. We also know that vacancies mean long delays for the people and businesses who need the courts to protect their… Read more »
The Washington Examiner writes this morning that President Obama may “surpass President George W. Bush’s score when it comes to judicial appointments,” and notes that Obama “seems likely to break Bush’s mark with help from a Republican-controlled Senate.” The sole basis of these claims is that Obama is 11 judicial appointments short of matching Bush’s… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 7, 2015: Alliance for Justice Director of Justice Programs Kyle C. Barry released this statement today in response to the announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concerning forced arbitration: We commend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for announcing plans to develop a rule that will ban the use of forced arbitration… Read more »
Watch the documentary here WASHINGTON, D.C. OCT. 5, 2015: The threat to working Americans posed by a conservative majority on the Supreme Court is the topic of The Right to Unite, a new short documentary released today by Alliance for Justice. The documentary is narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Bradley Whitford. “Corporate interests have been… Read more »
Read the report Hear our teleconference about the report, with Sen. Charles Schumer WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2015: Senate Republicans “have all but abandoned their constitutional duty to confirm federal judges,” according to a report released today by Alliance for Justice. Instead, AFJ says, they have “engineered a politically-motivated vacancy crisis, striving to preserve judicial… Read more »
AFJ in the News
Tennessee’s three federal judicial nominees are waiting for their Senate confirmation, and the slow pace of moving the nominations through that chamber has aroused suspicions that perhaps the delay is politically motivated. If so, it is not good for either party, especially the party in the majority, and it is not good for the administration of justice in the nation.
The Senate on Monday approved its seventh judicial nomination since Republicans took over the majority in January.
AFJ President Nan Aron appears on C-SPAN Washington Journal roundtable to discuss the Supreme Court.
On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on one of the most anticipated constitutional law issues in recent memory: the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases, four consolidated ones from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, presented two questions for the Court: first, whether the states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states.