WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2016 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement in response to the passing of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

Alliance for Justice extends its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Antonin Scalia. His death creates a vacancy at a critical time in the history of the Court, the law, and our nation. We urge President Obama to exercise his constitutional duty to nominate a replacement and for the Senate to fulfill its obligation to fairly and expeditiously consider the nominee.  For the Senate to do otherwise would be an abdication of its responsibilities and a blow to public confidence in our democratic institutions. We are confident that the president will nominate someone who understands the lives and struggles of everyday Americans, and trust that that the Supreme Court of the United States will not become a casualty of the politics of destruction, denial, and obstruction.