Federal Courts and Nominations

Courting Our Future


Wednesday, August 19, 2020
3:00 pm
Virtual Discussion

No progressive agenda can be accomplished without first thinking through the future of the courts and who will and should sit on the federal bench. What is the plan to ensure we have a fair judiciary that—as it reviews challenges to the progressive policy agenda and considers fundamental rights — takes into account the whole Constitution and its arc of progress that has made our nation more equal, just, and free? What makes a nominee fit for a lifetime appointment to the bench and how best can Senators establish a meaningful and consistent standard for evaluating potential judges?

We invite you to join us as our engaged panel answers these questions and more as we discuss the importance of the federal judiciary to the progressive policy agenda.


Elie Mystal, Justice Correspondent for The Nation


Elizabeth Wydra, CAC President

Elliot Williams, CNN Legal Correspondent & Raben Group Principal

DATE: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

TIME: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

This event is part of the Raben Respite 2020 programming.

Closed Captioning for this event will be available for viewers on CAC’s Facebook page.


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