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Federal Judicial Emergencies

article icon Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija on the state of judicial emergencies in the nation.

By Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija | Thursday, November 8, 2012

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.

By Sandhya Bathija and April Carson | Thursday, November 8, 2012

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.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash

Michigian Supreme Court Justices article icon 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.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections

Supreme Court building in Washington article icon 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.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why Courts Matter: Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood rally article icon 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.

By April Carson and Liz Chen | Friday, October 5, 2012

Big Business Taking over State Supreme Courts

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Billy Corriher documents how corporations are bending judges to their will through campaign cash.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, August 13, 2012

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.

By Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky | Monday, August 13, 2012

Why Courts Matter

article icon Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton look at recent and ongoing court cases that demonstrate how much is at stake for the LGBT community.

By Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton | Thursday, July 12, 2012

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.

By Andrew Blotky | Sunday, May 6, 2012

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Voter Suppression 101

article icon Issue Brief Scott Keyes, Ian Millhiser, Tobin Van Ostern, and Abraham White expose the voter suppression efforts underway across the country.

By Scott Keyes, Ian Millhiser, Tobin Van Ostern, and Abraham White | Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Who Will Republicans Choose When It Comes to the Nation’s Courts?

It is time for Senate Republicans to take up the business of the nation's courts and address the nearly 200 million Americans living in jurisdictions with courts unable to function as designed.

By April Carson | Friday, January 13, 2012