UPDATE, NOVEMBER 8: The nomination is now official.
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2014: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to reports that President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch to be the next United States Attorney General:
We are pleased that President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General – and the first African American woman to hold that job.
In addition to handling major cases involving everything from police brutality to cybercrime, Lynch is a key policy adviser to Eric Holder. We are confident that Lynch will build on Holder’s strong legacy of standing up for civil rights and ensuring equal justice for all Americans. We call on Ms. Lynch to take a leading role in addressing the Supreme Court’s repeated efforts to deny access to the courts and the ballot box.
The Constitution compels the Senate to live up to its responsibility to advise and consent at all times, including so-called lame duck sessions. The Senate should move swiftly to confirm this highly qualified nominee.
Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Through our justice programs, we lead the progressive community in the fight for a fair judiciary, and through our advocacy programs, we help nonprofits and foundations to realize their advocacy potential. Learn more about Alliance for Justice at afj.org.