Nan Aron (born 1948) is an American lawyer[1] and the founder and president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a liberal judicial advocacy group in the United States.[2][3][4] Staunchly progressive, Aron has been a noted opponent of conservative judicial nominees in the United States.[5][6] She repeatedly called for former Presidents Bill Clinton[2] and Barack Obama to be more aggressive in nominating progressives to the bench,[7] and during George W. Bush's presidency, urged the Democrat-controlled Senate to consider Bush's nominees closely.[2][8] She is considered a key player in confirmation hearings for judicial nominees,[2] and, in 2005, was called "the Madame Defarge of liberal court watchers" in the Wall Street Journal.[5][9]

Nan Aron
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Nan Aron in 2019
EducationOberlin College
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
EmployerAlliance for Justice


Aron received her B.A. in sociology and Chinese from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.[9][10] Prior to founding Alliance for Justice, Aron worked as a staff attorney for the ACLU's National Prison Project.[9][10][11] Aron went on to serve as a trial attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,[9] where she litigated race and sex discrimination cases against companies and unions in federal and district courts. In 1979, Aron founded the Alliance for Justice,[9] and began investigating judicial nominees during Ronald Reagan's presidency.[2] She established the Alliance's Judicial Selection Project in 1985.[5]

Aron has taught at Georgetown and George Washington University Law Schools, and serves on the Dean's Advisory Council at American University's Washington College of Law.[12]

Aron authored Liberty and Justice for All: Public Interest Law in the 1980s and Beyond in 1989,[13][14] which the Harvard Law Review said was "[s]ure to evoke a new pledge of allegiance to public interest law",[15] as well as Justice in the Making—A Citizen's Guide in 1993 with Alliance for Justice.[12]

Aron referenced overcoming the dual challenges of being a woman and a Jew in the State Department in 2004.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Aron was born in a Jewish household in 1948 in New York City.[10] She is married to psychiatrist Bernard Arons; they have three children.[9]


  1. ^ Yeager, Holly (June 22, 2005). "Liberal campaigner ready for next big trial". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Savage, David G. (6 July 2001). "Court Nominee Warfare Opens". The Los Angeles Times. p. A5. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ Mauro, Tony (May 22, 2015). "Supreme Court 'Litmus Test' Emerges in White House Race". National Law Journal. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ Bravin, Jess (May 18, 2015). "Supreme Court Rules Felons May Sell, Transfer 'Clean' Guns". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Davis, Marcia (November 9, 2005). "Her Idea of Justice: Absolutely Not Alito". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (November 14, 2005). "Liberal Coalition Is Making Plans to Take Fight Beyond Abortion". New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ Shear, Michael (May 27, 2013). "Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court". New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  8. ^ McKelvey, Tara (August 2005). "Nan in action". American Prospect. 16 (8): 6–7. ISSN 1049-7285.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Milk, Leslie (1 June 2006). "June 2006: 100 Most Powerful Women". Washingtonian. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d Boney, Ret (20 December 2004). "Ally for justice". Philanthropy Journal News. NC State University. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  11. ^ Lewis, Dwight (10 January 1978). "State Prison System Stress Factors Cited". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. p. 4. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Marquis Who's Who". Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Klages, Karen (July 1989). "REAGAN-ERA REBOUND: Public-interest groups healthy, find new funding". ABA Journal. American Bar Association. 75 (7): 40–41. JSTOR 20760569.
  14. ^ "The Public Bar". Progressive. 53 (4): 47. April 1989. ISSN 0033-0736.
  15. ^ "Liberty and Justice for All (Book)". Harvard Law Review. 103 (1): 402. November 1989. ISSN 0017-811X. Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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