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10/09/2016
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NCJW #DoYourJob Campaign digest brings you the following in one handy place: the latest news on filling the US Supreme Court vacancy; a look at what NCJW activists are doing around the country; and, most importantly, ways to take action.

News


US Supreme Court 2016-2017 Term Starts with One Vacancy Too Many
This past week the US Supreme Court began its 2016-2017 term with only eight justices. It remains to be seen whether the court is able to perform its vital function as the ultimate arbiter of our country’s most important issues without a ninth justice. NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman reaffirmed NCJW’s commitment in the New Year “to advocate for the Senate to do its job to fill that critical vacancy” in Why the Vacant Supreme Court Seat Still Matters.
 
Senate Adjourns Without Taking Action on Judicial Nominations
The Senate is now in recess until after the election, meaning that the obstruction of justice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy and the more than 100 federal judicial vacancies will continue through November, and possibly even longer. Disgracefully, it has been over three months since the last confirmation vote on a judicial nominee in the Senate! Fifty-four judicial nominees continue to languish in the Senate, while the number of judicial emergencies has risen to 35 — nearly triple the number of emergencies in existence at the start of this Congress.

Action Tools & Resources

 
It is the Senate’s constitutional duty to hold hearings and votes on pending judicial nominees, regardless of whether it’s a presidential election year. Don’t let the Senate impede access to justice! CLICK HERE to urge your senators to do their jobs by holding hearings and votes on pending judicial nominees, including Judge Garland, as soon as they return to finish the business of the 114th Congress.
 
For a look at the Supreme Court cases NCJW will be watching this term, check out our new "What’s at Stake in the 2016-17 Supreme Court Term" resource. Please circulate it widely to your networks. As you’ll see, the Supreme Court will consider cases that will have real and lasting impacts on issues such as disability rights, religious liberty, immigration, and more.

If you missed our latest distance learning call, “Courts Matter: Protecting the Vote,” you can listen here anytime. Experts from our partners at Common Cause and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law discussed what is at stake in the upcoming election, what voters can expect at the polls, and how recent federal court decisions have impacted upcoming elections.
 
Go Further! Join @NCJW on Twitter to tell your senators to #DoYourJob and #WeNeedNine because #CourtsMatter!

NCJW Spotlight


In September, NCJW held #DoYourJob and BenchMark events, contacted senators, and received press attention across the country!
  • Kentucky SPA Beth Salamon and NCJW Louisville Section President Joyce Bridge delivered over 400 “DoYourJob” NCJW signed postcards to Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) district office. Thanks to many of you for sending us your messages!
  • NCJW New Orleans Section and LA SPA Michelle Erenberg hosted “Moving the Ball Forward,” at which a panel of female legal experts discussed several cases decided by the Supreme Court last term. Attendees registered to vote and learned just how much courts matter in the upcoming presidential election!
  • NCJW Palm Beach Section and FL SPA Linda Geller-Schwartz co-organized the event "How Judicial Vacancies Impede Access to Justice."  
  • NCJW Peninsula Section hosted “The Fate of our Nation: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Supreme Court," and collected over 300 “DoYourJob” postcards to be delivered to New York senators!
  • NCJW BenchMark chair and Louisiana Courts Matter coalition co-chair Ina Davis was featured in a guest column in the Advocate about the unjustified stall on Garland nomination.
  • NCJW Senior Policy Manager Amy Cotton spoke at a rally outside of the Senate alongside coalition partners as well as Senators Reed (D-NV) and Klobuchar (D-MN) to convey a strong message: fill judicial vacancies without further delay.
Kudos to NCJW in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, and Florida for speaking out and raising awareness! 
Thanks for elevating this issue and motivating others to action! Contact Caroline Ostro (caroline@ncjwdc.org) for questions, to let her know what you’re doing, and to brainstorm ways to get involved.
Urge the Senate to #DoYourJob and stop this irresponsible and unprecedented obstruction.

For more information on the #DoYourJob campaign, click here for NCJW’s dedicated webpage.
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