When we convince members of the media to cover our issues, they expose our knowledge and stories to a mass audience. Through this coverage, we can begin to influence public opinion and bring about change.
A look at the current federal judicial vacancies, as well as a list of the current vacancies without nominees.
A description of each step in the federal judicial nomination process, highlighting when advocates can engage.
Most Americans don't know how or why a federal judge is chosen. This infographic outlines the federal judicial nomination process step by step.
Media advocacy tools are what we use to attract a reporter’s coverage. Utilizing these tools at the correct “newsworthy” time will hopefully result in media attention.
A sample request letter to constituents to take action regarding a judicial nominee.
A sample press release in response to a judicial nomination announcement.
A sample press release in response to an announcement of a judicial vacancy.
A sample quick quote in response to a judicial nomination announcement.
Developing a profile on Twitter is essential to advocacy work.
On November 21, 2013, the U.S. Senate voted for a minor procedural change to its rules by eliminating the filibuster for most judicial and executive nominations. This means that judicial and executive nominees can now receive a full Senate vote without having to jump over unnecessary hurdles that cause delay and make the Senate ineffective.
The federal courts play a pivotal role in the lives of gay and transgender Americans, often serving as the last resort in protecting LGBT rights.
Federal courts serve as a last resort in striking a balance between security and civil liberties.
Current vacancies must be filled with judges who enforce laws that protect the environment.
As we saw in the 2012 election, voting rights are still under attack, and so it has become more important than ever to have judges and justices who understand that the right to vote must be protected and all Americans – regardless of their background – have a right to fully participate in our democracy.