April 10, 2017
Contact: Matt Koski
NELA Program Director
NELA Statement On The Confirmation Of
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch To The U.S. Supreme Court
The confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday, April 7, is a profound setback for America’s workers. Judge Gorsuch had a full and fair opportunity to address the many legitimate concerns about his record during his confirmation hearings, including his views about workers’ rights, but failed to convince 60 senators that he deserved a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. The Senate Republican leadership responded by changing the rules to secure Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation, despite his lack of bipartisan support, as enjoyed by President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court appointees, Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia M. Sotomayor. As our attention turns to the many current vacancies in our federal district and circuit courts, NELA remains committed to working with our organizational and congressional allies to retain a bipartisan nomination process and to fight for the nomination and confirmation of professionally diverse judges who do not place the interests of employers over the rights of employees.
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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA provides assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. It is the country’s largest professional organization exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters. NELA and its 69 circuit, state, and local Affiliates have more than 4,000 members around the country.