Today, the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a letter to Senate leadership opposing the nomination of Steven Menashi to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit seat formerly held by the Honorable Thurgood Marshall. The Board is comprised of leading attorneys, law firm partners and professors across the country committed to combatting racial discrimination through securing equal justice under the law. Mr. Menashi, who currently serves as Special Assistant and Counsel to the President, has a long record of inflammatory writings on race, diversity, the LGBTQ community and women and is expected to receive a full Senate vote this week.
“Mr. Menashi’s deeply disturbing record and reprehensible conduct during his nomination hearing demonstrate he is unfit to serve on the Second Circuit or any seat on the federal bench. His extreme ideological views on race, LGBTQ rights and women indicate the damage he would inflict on vulnerable people who call America home. In no uncertain terms, we oppose Mr. Menashi’s nomination for the seat once held by the Hon. Thurgood Marshall and urge every senator to oppose his nomination. We stand with members of the private bar and legal leaders across the country who firmly oppose this nomination.” – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.