It’s time to take back our courts.

For decades, far-right interests have sought to shape the federal courts. The Trump Administration has been aggressive in this effort, nominating scores of judges to the federal bench. As of June 1, 2019, over 75% of federal judges confirmed under the Trump Administration are male and almost 90% are white.

AFJ is launching an exciting new initiative called Building the Bench to recruit outstanding candidates for seats on the federal bench. We are identifying a strong pool of diverse, talented individuals to be considered by the next president soon after he or she is sworn in.

This project will be a collaborative effort with many organizations that represent workers’ rights, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and more. It will begin with an extensive education campaign to build awareness about how federal judges are selected, and the importance of increasing the professional and demographic diversity of the bench.


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About Building the Bench

What makes Building the Bench unique?

Alliance for Justice will work with advocates for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights and the environment to call attention to judicial vacancies and encourage talented lawyers and judges to apply. We’ll help prospective judicial nominees navigate their way through the process, up to and including the White House and Senate. And we’re starting NOW – so the next administration can hit the ground running when it comes to judicial selection.

Why is Alliance for Justice uniquely qualified for this role?

For 40 years, AFJ has been a recognized leader in advocating for a judiciary that upholds the rights of all. AFJ has longstanding ties to Senate offices, legal organizations, and state and local advocates. Senators rely on our research and know our advocacy, making us a “go-to source.”

What is AFJ looking for in potential nominees?

We’ll be looking for individuals who have dedicated their legal careers to public interest, civil rights, and criminal justice causes, or who have done significant pro bono work in those areas. We will look for demographic diversity so our bench better reflects the diversity of our nation.

Where will AFJ focus?

We’ll start with district and circuit courts where there are sitting judges eligible to take senior status.

How will AFJ work with other organizations?

We’ll partner with advocates and organizations across a wide variety of causes. This will be a team effort!

Click here to see our Advisory Council.

How can I support Building the Bench?

We welcome your support. Contact AFJ at [email protected] for information on how you can help Build the Bench for our future.

You can also make a contribution by clicking here.


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