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Defenders of Wildlife Calls on Senate to Consider Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland (03/16/16)
The Senate must do its job by holding a hearing and a vote on this nomination to fill an important vacancy.

Senate confirms IA federal judge: What about 17 other Committee approved district judges? (09/10/12)
Both Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Patrick Toomey are correct. Only senseless partisan obstruction by Senate Republicans could still prevent confirming all the Committee-approved nominees.

Senate Republican Blockade of 21 Judicial Nominees Worsens Vacancy Crisis (12/17/11)
“Once again, U.S. Senate Republicans have unjustifiably blocked a decades-old tradition of clearing pending judicial nominees before leaving town.

Defenders of Wildlife: Lummis, Barrasso introduce bill to limit citizens’ ability to sue the federal government (05/25/11)
Legislation would restrict provisions that ensure equal access to justice

Environmentalists Signal Support for Sotomayor (07/09/09)
Millions of members represented by 60 groups favoring High Court nominee

Earthjustice Statement on Justice Souter Retirement (05/01/09)
Next Justice will play crucial role in nation's highest court

Bush Attempts to Rewrite History in Speech to Federalist Society (10/06/08)
Bush Ignores his own record of nominating inflammatory lifetime judges

Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing, Obstructs Senate Debate on Global Warming (06/05/08)
Opponents mask filibustering strategy to stop global warming legislation

Bush Puts Blame on Senate for Artificial Judicial Vacancies He Created (02/07/08)
President continues to play politics with nominations, ignoring advice and consent of Senate

Pres. Bush Has Opportunity to Start Over on Judicial Nominees (01/22/08)
E. Duncan Getchell’s withdrawal from nomination for 4th Circuit seat gives Bush chance to stop playing politics and start respecting Senate’s “Advice and Consent” role in selecting lifetime judges

Senate Rejects Sen. Larry Craig’s Unconstitutional Assault on States, Localities and Parks (12/13/07)
Earthjustice Press Release on Senator Craig's failed amendment to Farm Bill.

Bush Rejects Bi-partisan Senate Effort in Order to Reignite Judicial Nomination Wars (09/07/07)
Earthjustice's statement regarding the President's nomination of Steve A. Matthews and E. Duncan Getchell to the Fourth Circuit and the President's decision to ignore the bipartisan efforts of VA Senators Warner and Webb.

Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Myers Withdraws (01/09/07)
Bi-partisan Senate action and environmental concerns defeated 9th Circuit nominee

Bush Renominates Blocked Judicial Candidates (11/15/06)
President misses opportunity to follow through on bi-partisan pledge

Judicial Nominee Push Ignores Bipartisan Agreement (09/13/06)
Renominated William Myers could get committee vote tomorrow

New Opposition to Efforts to Split the Ninth Circuit (08/03/06)
Non-Partisan Opposition to the Right-Wing Ideological Push to Split the Ninth Circuit

Alito Confirmation is a Major Setback for Public Health, Environment (01/31/06)
Clean water cases could be first test of Alito's Supreme Court stance

More than 50 Environmental & Conservation Groups Oppose Alito (01/24/06)
More than 50 Environmental and Conservation Groups Oppose Alito

Earthjustice Opposes Judge Alito's Nomination to the Supreme Court (12/20/05)
First environmental opposition to Supreme Court nominee since Bork in 1987

Halloween Supreme Court Nomination is a Scary Choice (10/31/05)
Judge Alito could undermine laws that safeguard health and environment

Miers’ Withdrawal Shows Need for Advice-and-Consent with Senate, not Right-Wing Groups (10/27/05)
President should choose a mainstream Supreme Court nominee

President Bush's Supreme Court Nomination Needs Careful Review (07/19/05)
Senate must ensure that Judge John Roberts will not unfairly strike down environmental safeguards.

President Bush’s Supreme Court Nomination Needs Careful Review (07/19/05)
Senate must ensure that Judge John Roberts will not unfairly strike down environmental safeguards

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Retires (07/01/05)
Next Justice will play crucial role in nation's highest court

Pryor Confirmation Threatens National Environmental Safeguards (06/09/05)
Senate confirms Pryor despite unprecedented opposition from conservation groups

Brown Confirmation Deals Heavy Blow to Environmental Protections (06/08/05)
Vote puts Justice Brown in a position to undermine public health & conservation laws

Janice Rogers Brown is the Wrong Nominee for the Wrong Court (06/06/05)
Senate should reject Brown’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the DC Circuit

Owen Confirmation Deals a Blow to Environmental Protections (05/25/05)
Laws protecting clean air, clean water threatened

Senate Compromise Preserves Independent Courts, Protects Environment (05/23/05)
Anti-environmentalist William Myers remains blocked

National Conservation & Native American Groups Oppose the “Nuclear Option” (04/28/05)
Changing the rules for judicial nominees would undermine environmental protections

President Bush Sends Americans a Valentine's Day Message of Confrontation and Divisiveness (02/14/05)
Former mining lobbyist re-nominated to lifetime post

Bush Announces Plans to Renominate Blocked Judicial Candidates (12/23/04)
President chooses path of confrontation and gridlock

Statement by Senior Legislative Counsel Glenn Sugameli on Judge Pickering's Retirement Announcement (12/09/04)
Pickering ignores his ethical violations and anti-environmental activism

House Votes to Gerrymander the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (10/05/04)
Sneak vote to split federal appeals court threatens environment

Senators Block Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Myers (07/20/04)
Forty-Four Senators oppose effort to end debate on controversial nominee

Vote Scheduled on Judicial Nominee William Myers (07/16/04)
Most anti-environmental nominee in history comes to the Senate floor

White House Returns to Confrontation on Judicial Nominations (07/07/04)
President Bush refuses to build on bipartisan agreement

Senate Republican Leadership Returns to Confrontation on Judicial Nominations (06/03/04)
Vote on Saad would override objections by home state Senators

Committee Hearing on DC Circuit Court of Appeals Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (04/26/04)
Earthjustice focuses on Kavanaugh’s role in selecting anti-environmental judicial nominees

Myers Post Hearing: Still Unfit to Judge (04/20/04)
Analysis of judicial nominee's hearing record strengthens opposition

Senators Should Consider Environmental Impacts of Judicial Nominations (02/26/04)
William Pryor, William Myers illustrate problems of extremist nominees

Bush Bypasses Senate to Place Anti-Environmental Judge on Bench (02/20/04)
Senate rejected William Pryor; Bush sidesteps Senate during extremely brief recess

Recess Appointment Ignores Objections to Extreme Judicial Nominee (01/16/04)
Charles Pickering appointed to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Environmental Groups Oppose Nominations of Three Extreme Judicial Nominees Scheduled for Senate Votes (11/13/03)
Environmental Opposition to Three Appeals Court Nominees: Janice Rogers Brown, Carolyn Kuhl, Priscilla Owen

35 Environmental Groups Oppose Nomination of Janice Rogers Brown (11/06/03)
Janice Rogers Brown's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit scheduled for committee vote today.

Senate Refuses to Rubber-Stamp Pickering for Lifetime Judgeship (10/30/03)
Environmental groups oppose Pickering based on his extreme record

Statement on Janice Rogers Brown (10/22/03)
The Senate must give Brown's nomination to the DC Circuit the closest possible scrutiny

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Pickering (10/02/03)
Environmental and planning groups urge full Senate to block his confirmation

Miguel Estrada Withdraws from D.C. Circuit Court Nomination (09/04/03)
Move seen as a victory for environmental protections

Earthjustice Takes to the Airwaves in Opposition to William Pryor Nomination (07/29/03)
Earthjustice launches radio campaign urging listeners to oppose nomination of William Pryor

Extremist Judicial Nominee Passes on Largely Partisan Vote (07/09/03)
Victor Wolski's ideology makes him uniquely unqualified for the Court of Federal Claims

Judicial Nominee Called Unqualified and Unnecessary (07/07/03)
As a self-proclaimed ideologue on the issues he would decide, Victor Wolski is uniquely unqualified for the Court of Federal Claims

Senate refuses to end debate on Miguel Estrada (06/06/03)
Statement by Glenn Sugameli regarding the 6/6/03 cloture vote on DC Circuit Nominee Miguel Estrada

Committee to Vote on Anti-Environmental, Lifetime Judicial Nominee Carolyn Kuhl (05/07/03)
Earthjustice, thirteen other national conservation groups announce formal opposition

Estrada and the Environment (05/05/03)
Senators, national conservation groups cite environment as reason to oppose nominee to key court

Senate Will Continue Debate on Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Owen (05/01/03)
Forty-four Senators oppose effort to push through controversial nominee

Senate Committee to Vote on Two More Controversial Judicial Nominees (03/26/03)
Victor Wolski, Priscilla Owen Slated for Vote Tomorrow (Thursday, March 27)

President Bush's Court-Packing Plan Continues with Two More Controversial Nominees Before Senate (03/12/03)
Victor Wolski, Justice Priscilla Owen scheduled for hearings

Earthjustice Opposes Miguel Estrada for Lifetime DC Circuit Post (01/30/03)
Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote This Week

Senate Committee Rejects Judicial Nominee Priscilla Owen (09/05/02)
Statement of Glenn Sugameli, Senior Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice

Earthjustice Criticizes Confirmation of Controversial Anti-Environmental Nominee to Lifetime Federal Judgeship (07/31/02)
Senate votes 64-35 to confirm D. Brooks Smith to Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Earthjustice Criticizes Efforts to Rush Judicial Confirmations (11/08/01)
Senators Expected to Call for Accelerated Confirmation Schedule in Response to Terrorist Attacks

Senate Continues to Face Gridlock Over Judicial Nominees (10/23/01)
GOP Ties Up Critical Foreign Appropriations Bill Over Desire to Rush Judicial Confirmations

Statement by Executive Director Buck Parker about Judicial Nominations (07/18/01)
News Conference on Judicial Nominations