As a leading progressive voice on matters related to the federal judiciary and as an unrivaled expert on the legal framework, importance, and assessment of nonprofit advocacy activities, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) has served the cause of justice and promoted democracy since 1979. Nan Aron, AFJ’s founder and president, guides the organization and its two programs, the Bolder Advocacy Initiative and the Justice Program, to secure the right of all Americans to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.
Under Nan’s leadership, the Judicial Selection Project is the premiere voice on the critically important role the federal courts play. AFJ has identified and recruited candidates for federal judgeships, paving the way for confirmations of hundreds of federal judges and justices. In 2013, Alliance for Justice helped to lead a coalition of 100 organizations to reform the Senate filibuster rules. This change resulted in three new judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and several more to other Circuits around the country. Alliance for Justice has also led the effort to ensure the federal judiciary reflects the diversity of the legal profession and everyday Americans.
The Bolder Advocacy Initiative at Alliance for Justice has trained and assisted thousands of nonprofits and foundations on the importance of advocacy and the IRS and FEC rules governing it. AFJ has developed a library of resources, including publications, blog posts, and webinars that supports advocacy work. It speaks out in Congress and federal agencies for organizations across the political spectrum to defend the right to advocate. AFJ offices in DC, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Dallas meet the needs of nonprofits and foundations in these key areas.
Nan is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal judiciary and citizen participation in public policy. She is the author of Liberty and Justice for All: Public Interest Law in the 1980s and Beyond and has appeared as an expert in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Vanity Fair and National Public Radio. She is also a frequent guest speaker at universities, law schools, corporations, nonprofits and foundations.
Prior to founding Alliance for Justice, Nan was a staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Prison Project, where she challenged conditions in state prison systems through lawsuits in federal and state courts. As a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she litigated race and sex discrimination cases against companies and unions in federal and district courts. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and a JD from Case Western Reserve.