Alliance for Justice
|Motto||Fighting for a Fair America|
Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a liberal judicial watchdog group in the United States. Founded in 1979 by current president Nan Aron, AFJ monitors federal judicial appointments. AFJ represents a coalition of 100 politically liberal groups that have an interest in the federal judiciary.
According to the organization, "AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans."
AFJ launched the Judicial Selection Project in 1985 to monitor the federal judicial appointment system. According to AFJ's founder, Nan Aron, the organization wanted to guard against the ideological impact of Ronald Reagan's federal judicial nominees. AFJ objects to judicial nominees who oppose abortion or who promise to exercise judicial restraint. The organization provides background on prospective nominees to the American Bar Association and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AFJ played a role in the defeat of Ronald Reagan nominee Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987. In 2001, the organization supported the nomination of Roger Gregory, a Bill Clinton nominee and the first African-American judge in the Fourth Circuit in 2001. In 2013, AFJ supported President Barack Obama's three nominees for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
AFJ reports a membership of over 100 organizations. On its website, AFJ lists the following member groups:
- Justice Policy Institute
- AIDS United
- National LGBTQ Task Force
- Abortion Care Network
- Advocates for Youth
- Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
- Business and Professional Women Foundation
- Campion Foundation
- Center for Children’s Law and Policy
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Center for Digital Democracy
- Center for Inquiry
- Center for Law and Social Policy
- Center for Partnership Studies
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Compassion & Choices
- Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
- Conservation Campaign
- Consumer Action
- Consumers Union
- Culture Project
- Dallas Women’s Foundation
- Defending Dissent Foundation
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Earth Day Network
- EarthRights International
- Education Law Center
- Energy Foundation
- Equal Justice Society
- Equal Rights Advocates
- Food Research & Action Center
- Foodbank of the Albermarle
- Green for All
- Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Institute for Public Representation
- Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
- Jobs with Justice
- Juvenile Law Center
- Lambda Legal
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
- Legal Aid Society
- Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
- Legal Momentum
- Maine Women’s Lobby
- Mental Health America
- Methodist Healthcare Ministries
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America
- National Abortion Federation
- National Association of Consumer Advocates
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Center for Law and Economic Justice
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Center for Youth Law
- National Center on Poverty Law
- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- National Consumer Voice for Long-Term Quality Care
- National Council for Research on Women
- National Council of Jewish Women
- National Education Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
- National Immigration Forum
- National Immigration Law Center
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- National Lawyers Guild
- National Legal Aid & Defender Association
- National Low Income Housing Coalition
- National Partnership for Women and Families
- National Senior Citizens Law Center
- National Veterans Legal Services Program
- National Whistleblowers Center
- National Wildlife Federation
- National Women’s Law Center
- Native American Rights Fund
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Progress Michigan
- Public Advocates
- Secular Coalition for America
- Service Employees International Union
- Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice
- Sierra Club Foundation
- States United to Prevent Gun Violence
- Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- The Advocacy Fund
- The Arc
- The City Project
- The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
- The National Parks Conservation Association
- Tides Center
- Transgender Law Center
- UFW Foundation
- Violence Policy Center
- Wilderness Society
- Women’s Law Project
- Women's Way
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- Steigerwalt, Amy (2010). Battle over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations. University of Virginia Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780813929989.
- Scherer, Nancy (2005). Scoring Points: Politicians, Activists, and the Lower Federal Court Appointment Process. Stanford University Press. p. 110. ISBN 9780804749497.
- Greenhouse, Linda (December 4, 1987). "Supreme Court Nominations; After Bork, the Liberals' Silence On Judge Kennedy Is Deafening". New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Savage, David (July 21, 2001). "Senate Confirms 3 of Bush's Judicial Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Eilperin, Juliet (May 28, 2013). "Obama to launch push to reshape D.C. Circuit with 3 simultaneous nominations". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
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