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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Updates from the Lawyers’ Committee

Blog June 13, 2018

Dialogue on Race and Policing Series Launches in Baton Rouge

The July 2016 death of Alton Sterling at the hands of two Baton Rouge police officers and the subsequent decision by the Louisiana Attorney General and Department of Justice to not prosecute these officers added new chapters to the long, troubled history between local law enforcement and the city’s minority communities. For many Baton Rouge residents, these are not seen as isolated instances of injustice. Rather, they are part of the systemic pattern of law enforcement misconduct in interactions with marginalized communities that had gone unacknowledged for far too long. Others in the community, though, believe the officers acted reasonably under the circumstances. They view the ensuing civil protests, like other criticism of the police, as largely unjustified.

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Mississippi updating voter registration deadline for runoffs

July 13, 2018

Associated Press

The Mississippi NAACP, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Mississippi Center for Justice sent a letter to the state’s top election official in June. It said that under the National Voter Registration Act, people should be able to vote in runoffs if they’re registered at least 30 days before the runoff, not 30 days before the initial election. The secretary of state’s office has agreed.

All Eyes on US Supreme Court: Fiery Nomination Battle Expected

July 10, 2018

New Pittsburgh Courier

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, agrees there’s much at stake with this Supreme Court vacancy. “Justice Kennedy has been the swing vote on a number of core Civil Rights issues. This could transform African American life for years to come. There’s no doubt about the impact – in voting rights, criminal justice and women’s issues. The Senate must do its job of vetting to ensure that the nominee is fair, unbiased and faithful to applying and interpreting the law.”

What do senators need to consider in Kavanaugh’s confirmation?

July 10, 2018

PBS Newshour

“We don’t want sham hearings. The Constitution imposes an obligation, duty, and responsibility on the Senate to parse through carefully and cautiously examine all of the hundreds of rulings that have been issued by the judge during his tenure,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “He’s also given a number of speeches that provide further opportunities to understand who he is and how he will handle the incredibly important civil rights cases and constitutional questions that come before him.”

5 Ways To Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018


“We will use every tool in our arsenal to ensure that Judge Kavanaugh is fully and properly vetted by the Senate,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, tweeted, offering several tips to make that happen.

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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