National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Judges and Supreme Court

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Deja Vu All Over Again: Re-nomination of Controversial Nominees

The start of each new Congress and Administration provides an opportunity for a fresh start and a fresh approach to critical issues facing our nation. Nowhere is this opportunity more sorely needed than with judicial nominations.


Coalition Letter Opposing Nomination of D. Michael Fisher

We the undersigned women’s rights, civil rights, and human rights organizations write to express our strong opposition to the confirmation of D. Michael Fisher to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Wal-Mart v. Dukes Amicus Brief

The following amici submit this brief, with the consent of the parties, in support of Respondents’ argument that the order of class certification was consistent with Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


The Supreme Court and Abortion Access

The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, appeared to ensure that American women would have access to abortion, ruling out any legislative interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and putting limits on abortion restrictions that could be passed during the later stages of pregnancy. The decision followed a long history of women seeking and obtaining abortions – but with a shift in the legal status of the procedure over time.


Executive Summary of Alito Report: Tipping the Balance

That is why the National Partnership for Women & Families looked closely at Judge Alito’s available record, examining his writings and opinions on a range of issues from employment to reproductive rights to affirmative action, and more.


On the Merits: Janice Rogers Brown’s Record

In the highly charged fight over judicial nominations, Janice Rogers Brown, a California Supreme Court justice nominated to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, has taken center stage. While headlines are likely to focus on her gender, it is not enough to simply nominate a woman; what matters most is her record.


On the Merits: The Records of Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen

In the highly charged fight over judicial nominations, two female judicial nominees –Janice Rogers Brown, a California Supreme Court justice nominated to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice nominated to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – have taken center stage. While the headlines are likely to focus on their gender, it is not enough to simply nominate women; what matters most is their records.


Overview of Judge Prascilla Owen's Judicial Record

The National Partnership for Women & Families strongly opposes the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Overview of Judge Terrence Boyle's Judicial Record

The National Partnership for Women & Families strongly opposes the nomination of Judge Terrence Boyle to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Who's the Judge: Why Women Should Care About Judicial Appointments

Judges are charged with the responsibility to interpret and help administer our nation’s laws. Judges’ decisions govern our lives in many areas, such as the question of when women may bring suit to challenge and change unequal pay practices, and whether health plans and providers impermissibly discriminate against women when they refuse to cover or offer certain reproductive health services.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Priscilla Owen

The National Partnership for Women & Families strongly opposes the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Janice Rogers Brown

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of William Pryor

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Charles W. Pickering

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of Charles W. Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of William G. Myers III

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of William G. Myers III to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Carolyn Kuhl

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of Carolyn B. Kuhl for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Letter Opposing Nomination of Thomas Griffith

The National Partnership for Women & Families (National Partnership) is writing in strong opposition to the nomination of Thomas Griffith to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.


Statement on the Nomination of James Leon Holmes

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of James Leon Holmes to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

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