Why Courts Matter - Alliance for Justice

Why Courts Matter

AFJ is driving the conversation around courts’ critical importance to our democracy and their foundational role in helping us achieve equality and justice for all.

Our state and federal courts teams partner with our diverse members, partners, and allies to champion the appointment of advocates of equal justice and movement lawyers to the bench nationwide.

Faces of Justice: Black State Supreme Court Judges

Faces of Justice: Black State Supreme Court Judges

While highlighting the history, milestones, and progress our courts have made, this report also addresses that in 2024, 15 states have NEVER welcomed a Black justice to their supreme court.

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Clarence Thomas Must Resign

Clarence Thomas Must Resign

Justice Clarence Thomas has abused the power of his office. He has broken the law. He's gotta go.

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Accountable to None

Accountable to None

Supreme Court justice do not have to follow the judicial code of conduct. Congress can change that now.

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Vacancy Tracker

It's never been more important to fight for highly qualified state supreme court justices. Ninety-five percent of court cases are heard at the state level. These decisions shape our rights and very lives for generations.

  • 9 Total Circuit & District Court Vacancies
  • 69 Federal Judges Confirmed to Lifetime Positions
  • 59 Attorneys Nominated to the Federal Bench in 2023
  • 24 Judicial Nominees that are People of Color

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Learn more about your state's high court

People in every state can influence who is chosen for those courts. AFJ's state courts team has unparalleled resources to help you understand what's at stake where you live.

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