Why Courts Matter Video Series

Why Courts Matter Series – November 19, 2016

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How Judicial Vacancies Impede Access to Justice- Nancy Abudu, Legal Director for the ACLU of Florida. The high number of judicial vacancies on the federal bench has led to significant delays, and sometimes outright denials, in the appellate context. Federal court vacancies were suddenly in the news after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the US Supreme Court. Much of what we hear focuses on landmark cases and constitutional challenges. But our country’s federal courts make rulings on virtually every issue that is important to Americans.

Anisha Singh is the Campaign Manager for Legal Progress at American Progress. In this capacity, she shapes the conversation around the nation’s judicial process by managing unprecedented grassroots organization efforts across the country to educate Americans on the need to fill judicial vacancies with diverse, progressive judges so that historic backlogs can be remedied and cases can be heard in a timely manner.