Senior Vice President, Rights and Justice
Despite recent and historic gains, America’s federal judges remain overwhelmingly white and male, and the bench is stacked with those from corporate law backgrounds and former federal prosecutors. Appointing diverse nominees with diverse backgrounds is essential to strengthening the courts.
From significant expansion of the lower courts to instituting term limits for Supreme Court justices, it is critical to enact reforms that will ensure that the size of the judiciary and the makeup of the Supreme Court reflect the needs of the American people and the realities of modern life.
Too often, justice in America’s courtrooms is only accessible to those with means and in power. The need to expand access to justice has only become more pressing as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing legal inequities. All people, regardless of income or status, deserve high-quality legal help.
The Trump administration has undertaken a sustained attack on the rule of law, but a future administration can take immediate steps to restore it.
It is essential to update the rules governing the Supreme Court to better reflect modern life.
The Supreme Court's decisions this term on reproductive health are a reminder of the need for proactive policies that protect reproductive rights.
As the Supreme Court’s decision goes into effect, the Trump administration must now allow 300,000 young people to file new applications for DACA, including 55,500 of the youngest DACA-eligible individuals who did not previously have the chance to apply.
Policymakers must prioritize placing public defenders, civil rights attorneys, workers’ rights attorneys, and legal aid attorneys on the federal courts.
The degradation of the Department of Justice is accelerating amidst the coronavirus pandemic, with dangerous implications for what the administration may be willing to do in the months to come.
Two of President Trump’s most recent judicial nominees demonstrate his disregard for those who need health care across the country.
It is imperative that the Trump administration work with Congress to ensure that court systems across the country continue to function in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
The White House’s lack of leadership on COVID-19 is threatening the administration of justice.
Post-impeachment, President Trump and his Senate allies continue to corrupt American democracy by supporting ideological extremists who are opposed to core voting rights.