For Immediate Release

Press Call Tonight: Legal and Civil Rights Groups Respond to Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON - Legal  and civil rights groups will hold a press conference call tonight at approximately 8:15 pm EST immediately after President Trump announces his nominee for the Supreme Court. Americans expect presidents to appoint justices of the highest character who are fair-minded and independent, as President Obama did when he chose Judge Merrick Garland to fill the current vacancy. Trump, who outsourced his short-list to extreme groups like the Heritage Foundation, is expected to choose nominee who is out of the mainstream and likely to promote a far-right agenda that runs counter to our constitutional values.

Civil rights leaders will discuss the nominee and why the Senate must uphold its constitutional duty by fully and carefully vetting the fitness of the nominee to sit on the Supreme Court.

RSVP is requested to


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  • Wade Henderson, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (moderator)
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel, MALDEF
  • Michael Keegan, president and CEO, People For the American Way
  • Nan Aron, president, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign
  • Christopher Kang, national director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
  • Neera Tanden, president and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Marcia Greenberger, co-president, National Women's Law Center

WHEN: Tonight, January 31 at 8:15 pm EST

DIAL IN: RSVP is requested to Dial-in number: 888-632-3384. Verbal passcode: "Supreme."


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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

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