Janet Ward Black was invited to the White House on June 4, 2013, to participate in a White House Forum on “Judicial Vacancies and the Importance of the Courts.”
Participants from all over the country gathered at the White House Wednesday morning, June 4, for a briefing on policies regarding the nomination and approval process for judicial nominees. During this time, leading advocacy organizations were connected to senior Obama Administration officials on issues critical to our community.
The forum was organized in reaction to the unprecedented delays and filibusters in the Senate of federal judicial nominations. Currently, President Obama’s judicial nominees wait on average 116 days on the Senate floor for approval. This is three times longer than the average wait of 37 days under President Bush’s term.
After lunch, the participants visited senators and discussed with them the importance of processing the judicial nominations on a timely basis.