American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity On the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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Association acknowledges the longest serving justice and urges the President and Senate to execute their constitutionally enunciated responsibility to nominate and confirm a replacement with alacrity

We urge the President and the Senate to choose leadership over partisanship and restore the Court to its full complement of nine justices as soon as possible.

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals, acknowledged the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia on February 13, 2016. “AAAED expresses condolences to the family of Justice Scalia,” said AAAED President Marshall Rose. “While we did not agree with him on issues related to equal opportunity and affirmative action or on other civil rights issues, we recognize Justice Scalia’s long tenure as a Supreme Court justice,” President Rose added.

AAAED also calls upon the President of the United States and the U.S. Senate to exercise their constitutional responsibilities and secure a replacement with alacrity. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President ”…shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the supreme Court….” “We urge those duly elected by the people to choose leadership over partisanship and take action to restore the Supreme Court to its full complement of nine justices as soon as possible,” stated President Rose.

Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of compliance and diversity. AAAED has more than 40 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity and related compliance laws and regulations to enhance the diversity tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.

For more information about AAAED, go to Information about the AAAED 42nd National Conference and Annual Meeting may be found at


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