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Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a progressive judicial advocacy group in the United States.[2][3] Founded in 1979 by current president Nan Aron, AFJ monitors federal judicial appointments. AFJ represents a coalition of 100 politically liberal groups that have an interest in the federal judiciary.[4] The Alliance for Justice presents a liberal[5] viewpoint on legal issues.

Alliance for Justice
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MottoFighting for a Fair America
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Nan Aron
$4,450,942 (2014)[1]
$3,668,517 (2014)[1]

According to the organization, "AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans."[6]


Judicial advocacyEdit

AFJ launched the Judicial Selection Project in 1985 to monitor the federal judicial appointment system.[7] According to AFJ's founder, Nan Aron, the organization wanted to guard against the ideological impact of Ronald Reagan's federal judicial nominees.[8] AFJ objects to judicial nominees who oppose abortion or who promise to exercise judicial restraint.[3] The organization provides background on prospective nominees to the American Bar Association and the Senate Judiciary Committee.[3]

AFJ played a role in the defeat of Ronald Reagan nominee Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987.[9] In 2001, the organization supported the nomination of Roger Gregory, a Bill Clinton nominee and the first African-American judge in the Fourth Circuit in 2001.[10] In 2013, AFJ supported President Barack Obama's three nominees for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[11]

Member organizationsEdit

AFJ reports a membership of over 100 organizations. On its website, AFJ lists the following member groups:[12]


  1. ^ a b "IRS Form 990 2014" (PDF). GuideStar. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ Boyer, Dave (June 6, 2016). "Elizabeth Warren lambastes Senate Republicans for 'obstruction' of judges". Washington Times. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Clarity, James; Weaver Jr., Warren (January 18, 1985). "Here Come the Judges". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  4. ^ Horwitz, Sari; Eilperin, Juliet (November 7, 2014). "Obama to nominate Justice prosecutor Lynch for attorney general". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
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  6. ^ "About AFJ". Alliance for Justice. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  7. ^ Steigerwalt, Amy (2010). Battle over the Bench: Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations. University of Virginia Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780813929989.
  8. ^ Scherer, Nancy (2005). Scoring Points: Politicians, Activists, and the Lower Federal Court Appointment Process. Stanford University Press. p. 110. ISBN 9780804749497.
  9. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (December 4, 1987). "Supreme Court Nominations; After Bork, the Liberals' Silence On Judge Kennedy Is Deafening". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  10. ^ Savage, David (July 21, 2001). "Senate Confirms 3 of Bush's Judicial Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  11. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (May 28, 2013). "Obama to launch push to reshape D.C. Circuit with 3 simultaneous nominations". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Member Organizations". Alliance For Justice. Retrieved 24 February 2015.

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