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Why Courts Matter in the Trump Era

The importance of the federal court system becomes increasingly apparent as the Trump administration attacks fundamental American values and protections.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has pushed an agenda that attacks fundamental American values such as fairness, equality, and justice. Fortunately, on multiple occasions our federal courts have stepped in to protect basic rule of law. We must continue to fight for judges who understand the rule of law and value equality and justice for all.

Jake Faleschini is the director of the Federal Courts Program at the Center for American Progress. Meghan Miller is an editor at the Center. Jasmine Hardy is the video editor at the Center.

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Jake Faleschini

Director, Federal Courts Program

Meghan Miller

Senior Editor

Jasmine Hardy

Senior Video Producer