People For the American Way letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in strong opposition to the nomination of Stephen S. Schwartz to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (09/07/17)
"Confirming Schwartz would reward a dangerous politicization of the American judicial system. ... Five highly qualified, fully vetted jurists with enormous bipartisan support
needlessly had their nominations languish for the entirety of the 114th Congress.... Schwartz only graduated from law school nine years ago. When the American Bar
Association evaluates judicial candidates, it generally requires at least ten years of legal practice
in order to be considered even minimally qualified. ... He has never litigated before the court to which
he has been nominated and has not even been admitted to practice before the court.
It appears that this nomination is based on an expectation by his supporters that Schwartz would
let his conservative political ideology shape his judicial opinions. He has chosen a career in
litigation advancing high-profile right wing causes."
Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee: 28 LGBT Groups Oppose Confirmation of Stephen S. Schwartz (09/06/17)
"The combination of Mr. Schwartz’s approach to important legal issues affecting the LGBT
community, his history of seeking out opportunities to oppose the civil rights of LGBT and other
marginalized people, and his relative inexperience in areas of the law within the jurisdiction of the Court
of Federal Claims, render him unqualified for this position. ... Schwartz’s career is notable for his exceptional dedication to defending
extreme positions that target members of the LGBT community, and especially transgender Americans. ... Just like his fellow nominee to the Court of Federal Claims, Damien Schiff, Mr. Schwartz’s
record demonstrates that his appointment to the bench would cause grave harm to the LGBT
community, as well as many other communities that rely on the federal judiciary to administer fair and
AFL-CIO letter urging Senators to oppose to the nomination of Damien Schiff to the United States Court of Federal Claims (06/13/17)
"Damien Schiff has a record that demonstrates unbridled hostility toward worker rights. He has argued that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is unconstitutional.... the Senate Judiciary Committee must thoroughly review Mr.
Schiff’s record, which includes a blog posting that characterized Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as a “judicial prostitute.” Americans deserve an open-minded and fair judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, not one whose
intemperate writing reflects a monumental lack of judgement."
Letter from eleven national organizations to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Ranking Member strongly urging rejection of Damien Schiff nomination to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (06/13/17)
"On behalf of our organizations and their millions of members, we strongly urge you to reject the nomination of Damien Schiff to the United States Court of Federal Claims (CFC). Mr. Schiff has devoted most of his career to advancing an extreme judicial ideology that opposes virtually all forms of environmental safeguards at the federal, state and local levels that are designed to protect the public good. A large part of his career focuses on challenging and redefining the legal precedents regarding what forms of government actions represent “takings” that must be compensated by the federal government under the Constitution. Under Mr. Schiff’s view, nearly all environmental safeguards would qualify as takings, which would make it virtually impossible to protect our nation’s water and air from pollution and would allow most endangered species to slide to extinction.... what makes him unqualified to be a federal judge, are his tactics in public to personally demonize his opponents, to repeatedly call their motives into question, and to attack them in ideologically absolutist terms.... Mr. Schiff’s characterization of the role of government, of public servants, and of the laws themselves is equally hostile." [Letter signed by Amazon Watch; Animal Welfare Institute; Center for Biological Diversity; Center for Food Safety; Earthjustice; Endangered Species Coalition; Friends of Animals; International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute; Sierra Club; Western Watersheds Project; WildEarth Guardians]
Natural Resources Defense Council letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman and Ranking Member on nomination of Damien Schiff to the Court of Federal Claims (06/12/17)
"Mr. Schiff’s writings frequently attack and denigrate environmental safeguards and the citizens and agencies that seek to enforce them. This perspective, combined with indications that he may bring an extremely rigid judicial philosophy to the court, raises
serious questions about whether he will fairly assess cases involving public health and environmental protections.... Schiff does not reserve his derision for government agencies and environmental groups, but extends it to laws Congress has adopted to protect the environment.... Schiff likewise has advocated for an activist judiciary to implement his views."
People for the American Way Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee strong opposition to the confirmation of Damien Schiff to U.S. Court of Federal Claims. (06/08/17)
"Schiff has spent much of his career litigating against environmental regulations or agency actions, demonstrating an ideological agenda in an area of importance to the Court of Federal Claims. This is particularly problematic because it has taken place against a background of statements ridiculing and impugning the motives of environmentalists.... A nominee cannot malign an entire class of litigants and then expect to be confirmed to any court, .... Schiff’s blog posts are the epitome of the coarse, strident political dialogue that the Chairman stated he was worried about. His baseless and inflammatory attacks against environmentalists are just an example of that. Perhaps most notorious is Schiff’s very personal and vulgar attack on Justice Anthony Kennedy,"
Takings - Opposition Letter to Senator Harkin (12/11/07)
Letter from National League of Cities, Council of State Governments, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the United States Conference of Mayors opposing to Senator Craig's amendment to the 2007 farm bill.
Takings - HR 4772 Opposition By Big Six (09/25/06)
On behalf of the nation’s state and local elected officials, we write to express our strong opposition to H.R. 4772, the Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005, and to urge you to vote no on this legislation.
Takings - HR 4772 Group Opposition Letter (09/25/06)
Letter written by various environmental groups opposing HR 4772, the Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005, because it would undermine local protections for homeowners and communities and impose tremendous costs on taxpayers.
Takings - HR 4772 NAAG Opposition Letter (09/22/06)
Letter from the National Association of Attorneys General urging Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert to oppose HR 4772, the Private Property Rights Implementation Act.