Alliance for Justice plays a leading role in research, education and outreach around the nominations process for Supreme Court justices. This work has been a core part of our mission for decades, throughout Democratic and Republican administrations.
Most recently, AFJ was deeply involved in the campaign opposing the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. To read more, click here.
In 2017, AFJ worked to oppose the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch’s record on a lower court showed that he was a judge who favored the interests of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of everyday people. To learn more about Gorsuch, click here.
In 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. AFJ compiled this in-depth report on Garland’s background and advocated for his confirmation. The Republican-led Senate, however, staged a historic obstruction of the nomination, refusing to even hold a hearing for Garland.
In the event of a future Supreme Court vacancy, President Trump has a short list of candidates hand-picked by the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society. AFJ opposes the individuals on this list based on their selection by partisan right-wing interest groups, and Trump’s own statements making it clear that no individual would be on the list unless he or she had a commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade and taking healthcare away from millions of Americans. Click here to learn more about this list.