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January 30, 2018

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Senate For Continuing To Stack The Courts With Conservative Judges In Defiance Of Judicial Diversity & Senate Norms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Senate broke a century of tradition and confirmed a judicial nominee without having the full and complete consultation of the nominee’s home state senators.  David Stras, who was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, a court which has lacked racial or gender diversity throughout its history. “For the first time in decades, the Senate confirmed a judicial nominee without having received both blue slips from the nominee’s home-state Senators.  This move defies logic and ignores the long-standing, bipartisan tradition that has guided the Senate’s work in evaluating nominees for our nation’s federal courts.  We condemn this action today, which threatens the integrity of the federal judiciary.  The Senate has a constitutional duty and obligation to evaluate the president’s nominees.  […]

Testimony

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

““S. 2123, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015””

October 19, 2015

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism

“Hearing on: Body Cameras: Can Technology Increase Protection for Law Enforcement Officers and the Public”

May 19, 2015

Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary

“Public Roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera Program”

May 7, 2015

U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunities Commission

“EEOC at 50: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Discrimination In the 21st Century Workplace”

April 15, 2015

Workforce Protections Subcommittee

“Hearing on H.R. 548, “

March 24, 2015

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