Feb. 11 Briefing: Sharon Browne Nomination to Legal Services Corp & Status of Judicial Nominations

Join the Alliance for Justice for a breakfast briefing, “Sharon Browne’s Nomination to the Legal Services Corporation and the Status of Judicial Nominations During the Obama Administration,” on Thursday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the EJS offices, 260 California St, 7th Floor, San Francisco.

Join us for a light continental breakfast and to learn more about how your voice can be heard. This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required here.

On December 17, 2009, President Obama nominated Sharon Browne, a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (“PLF”), to serve on the Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) Board of Directors. Browne’s decades-long legal efforts to undo our nation’s progress in preserving social justice and equality are at odds with the mission of the Legal Services Corporation.

Browne has long advocated for the narrow application of civil rights laws geared toward creating a more just and equitable society. She made her name through her work on California’s Proposition 209, a ballot initiative that, upon its approval in 1996, prohibited the state from considering past discrimination “of any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

Browne has also alleged that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, one of our nation’s most cherished civil rights laws protecting minorities against disenfranchisement, is illegal. Moreover, Browne has demonstrated an ingrained hostility to immigrants’ rights, championing California’s Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education in public schools, and Proposition 187, which prohibited undocumented immigrants from accessing California’s social services, health care, and public education systems.

As of February 2nd, President Obama has nominated 39 judges and had only 15 of them confirmed. At a similar point in his presidency, President Bush had nominated 89 judges and had 30 of them confirmed. President Bush doubled President Obama’s nomination and confirmation rate despite facing a Democratic-controlled Senate for most of the time period. This disparity is stark and must be quickly addressed.

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