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Nominations and Judicial Diversity

Executive Nominations

Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as United States Attorney General

Nomination of Betsy Devos to serve as United States Secretary of Education

Nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development


Judicial Nominations

Lawyers’ Committee Releases Report Evaluating Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland’s Full Record on Civil Rights Cases and Issues Statement to U.S. Senate Urging Immediate Hearing and a Vote.

Lawyer’s Committee Statement on President’s Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to United States Supreme Court.

National Lawyers’ Committee Reacts to Past 100 Days of Inaction by Senate Majority to Fill the Vacant U.S. Supreme Court Seat.  Click here for the statement.

Judge Neil Gorsuch – What you need to know about the President’s nominee. 

Judge Neil Gorsuch – Fact Sheet

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Response to President’s Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.  Click here for the statement.

Judicial Diversity

The Judicial Diversity Program seeks to improve the judicial system through increased representation from people of diverse backgrounds working on the judicial bench. The American Bar Association has cited the need to attain greater diversity in the judiciary, and to prove systematic, structured advisory support to the judiciary.  This program seeks to satisfy that need.

The Lawyers’ Committee works toward the goal of judicial diversity in three ways:

  1. A mentorship and networking program for attorneys and law students who might be interested in joining the bench.
  2. Educating the public on the benefits of increased diversity on the bench.
  3. Advocating for structural reforms to increase transparency and accountability in the judicial selection process.

Currently, the Lawyers’ Committee’s judicial diversity work is focused on programs in Washington and North Carolina.

Please visit our resources page for research, guidebooks, and general information on judicial diversity.

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