Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks
The Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.
Infographic: An Easy Guide to Federal Judicial Nominations
Most Americans don't know how or why a federal judge is chosen. This infographic outlines the federal judicial nomination process step by step.
Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of Politics
A CAP Action report explains why merit-selection systems and retention elections are a good way to keep judges free from politicization of elections.
Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash
Issue Brief Reasonable minds can differ over whether to elect judges, but it is clear that electing judges in partisan elections leads to a myriad of problems.
Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections
Issue Brief Disclosure laws for corporation and individual donations to judicial elections allow voters to know who's spending money on electing certain judges—and whose side those judges will be on in trial.
Why Courts Matter: Reproductive Rights
Issue Brief When it comes to issues of women’s rights and health, the federal judiciary will continue to play an instrumental role, and we must actively engage in shaping its composition.
The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries
Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.
Progressives Must Take Back Courts
Regardless of where you live, or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works, writes Andrew Blotky.
Federal Courts in Crisis
On April 17, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Committee for a Fair Judiciary discussed the process and politics of judicial confirmations, the impact of the judicial vacancies crisis, and solutions for 2012 and beyond.
Texas’s Judicial Emergencies and the Need for Senate Action
The Center for American Progress co-hosted an event last week on the judicial vacancies in Texas and the nation.
Americans Agree: Corporations Aren’t People
Recent Legal Progress surveys on constitutional rights have found that concern over corporate favoritism continues to be a consistent concern among American voters across the political spectrum.