San Francisco, CA — On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the Committee for a Fair Judiciary and the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host a discussion on the judicial vacancy crises in California and around the country. The panel will feature San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera, Committee for a Fair Judiciary President Robert Raben, and CAP Action’s Director of Legal Progress Andrew Blotky.
Today more than 265 million Americans—more than 80 percent of the U.S. population—live in a community with a federal courtroom vacancy. That means that there are simply not enough judges on the bench to hear the cases that are piling up. There are eight judicial vacancies in California alone. The third branch of government is not functioning because our nation’s courts, where Americans vindicate their most cherished constitutional rights, do not have a full complement of judges on the bench. At the same time, it’s clear that no matter the issue—whether it’s health care, immigration, the environment, marriage equality, or consumer protection—the judiciary will continue to play an increasingly important role in the lives of all Americans, as well as in the success of the progressive legislative agenda.
Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney
Robert Raben, Former Justice Department official; President of the Committee for a Fair Judiciary
Andrew Blotky, Director of Legal Progress, CAP Action
Thursday, April 11, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Jonathan Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org.