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Stacking the Bench: Trump’s Dangerous Judicial Nominees

Posted on April 1, 2018 Issues: Judges & Courts Judicial Nominations

Federal courts decide legal rights and principles of critical importance to women, including the right to privacy, equal protection, anti-discrimination protections at work and at school, and protections for health and safety. Federal judges’ interpretation of the Constitution and laws can affect the legal rights of women and girls for generations. That’s why women need judges who respect the core constitutional principles of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Trump is Using Judicial Nominations to Advance His Anti-Woman, Anti-LGBTQ Agenda

The Trump Administration has made it clear that it will do whatever it can in order to allow personal beliefs to dictate patient access to health care.

Five Reasons Ryan Bounds is Unfit to be a Judge

Bounds’ past indicates he will work not to uphold the constitutional rights and legal protections of people who face oppression, but to undermine them.

Thomas Farr – A Farr Way From Justice

Upon closer examination of Farr’s record as a lawyer in North Carolina, it is clear that Farr is ill-equipped to be fair and impartial – a crucial aspect of the job – making him wholly unfit

Tell the Senate to Oppose These Nominations

Please tell your senators to vote no now to the nominations of Kyle Duncan, Mark R. Norris, and Eric Dreiband.

Why We Need to Dash Wendy Vitter’s Dystopian Dream

Wendy Vitter is promising to uphold laws she doesn’t seem to respect, in a context she doesn’t appear to understand, and with the endorsement of a president who doesn’t care.

Senate Prepares To Vote On Nomination of David Stras

Today’s vote strikes a blow against Senators’ constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent on nominations.

That Was Then, This Is Now: Blue Slips and Judicial Nominations

The Chairman has been undermining the Committee’s ability to rigorously scrutinize the Trump Administration’s judicial nominees

We Need to Talk About the Rush of Nominees in the Senate Judiciary Committee

The records of a number of these nominees are so troubling as to warrant significant discussion

Senate Judiciary Committee Schedules Votes on Troubling Nominees

When these nominees are viewed in the context of Trump’s judicial nominees overall, it’s clear that there is a pattern: many of Trump’s nominees would seek to curtail women’s access to reproductive health care, LGBTQ rights

Judiciary Committee Voting on Troubling Nominee Stuart Kyle Duncan Next Week

The bad news is that other troubling nominees are moving through the Judiciary Committee with terrifying speed. Take Stuart Kyle Duncan, nominated to a lifetime seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dear Justice Willett: On Women’s and LGBTQ Rights, Your Words Matter

The record of Don Willett, Trump’s most recent pick for a lifetime appointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, should trouble all of us.

Troubling Judicial Nominees Rushed Through Committee

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on a number of controversial judicial nominees.

Two Controversial Judicial Nominees “Will Not Be Moving Forward”

Yesterday, the Trump Administration confirmed that the nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer will not be moving forward, a day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley urged the White House to reconsider those nominations.

Five Things You Should Know About Matthew Kacsmaryk

In the interest of time and space, I only listed five things – but rest assured there is much more that warrants the Senate Judiciary Committee’s scrutiny.

Leonard Grasz and Mark Norris are Not Qualified to Serve as Judges—the Senate Must Reject Them

Uphold the United States Constitution—it’s a judge’s number one job. Yet, today the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering two Trump judicial nominees, Leonard Steven Grasz, nominated to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and

Diversity in the Federal Judiciary on the Decline

Unfortunately, already under the Trump Administration, the numbers of active female and minority judges are dropping. And the Trump judicial nominees nominated to replace them are overwhelmingly white, and male.

Why Trump Nominees John Bush and Damien Schiff Are Unfit to Be Judges

Two individuals that President Trump has nominated to the federal bench have said some shocking, intemperate, inappropriate things on blogs (in addition to making problematic statements in legal articles and briefs).

Senate Judiciary Committee Ensures That It Cannot Do Its Job

Senator Grassley has effectively ensured that the Committee cannot fulfill these responsibilities, by packing the agenda for a nominations hearing today with four judicial nominees, including two highly controversial circuit court nominees, and the nominee to

Amy Coney Barrett’s Troubling Writings on Judicial Precedent

Barrett has also downplayed the harm that overturning legal precedents may cause to the institutional legitimacy of the Supreme Court and to people’s reliance on those earlier cases.

ICYMI: Packing Courts with Trump Nominees

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture petitions on four nominees to lifetime positions on federal courts of appeal: Amy Coney Barrett (nominated to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), Joan

Three Things You Should Know About Leonard Grasz

The nonpartisan ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which reviews the professional competence, integrity, and judicial temperament of federal judicial nominees, rated Grasz unanimously Not Qualified.

Terrible Things We Learned About Trump Judicial Nominees Last Week

it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there are issues. Several of the judges nominated have been rated “Not Qualified” by the nonpartisan American Bar Association because of their lack of litigation experience, concerns about their ability to

NWLC Letters on Nominees

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.