Statement from Nan Aron on the Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

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The Alliance for Justice applauds President Barack Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.

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Her appointment represents an historic step forward as women continue to take their rightful place on the highest court in the land.

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The Alliance for Justice applauds President Barack Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court. Along with her sterling academic and professional qualifications, she will bring to the Court a respect for core constitutional values and a willingness to stand up for the rights of ordinary Americans. Her appointment also represents an historic step forward as women continue to take their rightful place on the highest court in the land.

In these troubled economic times, Americans want to know that those appointed to the bench understand the impact the Court’s decisions have on their lives, and that our judiciary does not favor the wealthy and powerful. With the sharp turn the Court has taken in recent years toward protecting corporate interests, we urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to use the confirmation process to directly address the bread-and-butter issues that come before the Court and which affect the lives and livelihoods of the American people.

The Alliance for Justice looks forward to a fair and expeditious hearing for Elena Kagan and to a constructive, civil debate about the rights of the American people under the Constitution and the role of the courts in protecting the interests of all Americans, regardless of wealth, power, and influence.

AFJ's report on Elena Kagan: http://afj.org/check-the-facts/supreme-court-watch/

AFJ's report on women in the judiciary: http://www.afj.org/check-the-facts/women-in-the-judiciary-2010.pdf

Alliance for Justice is a national association of almost 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women's rights, children's, senior citizens' and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voices heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.

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