Senate Filibuster Blocks Vote to Appoint Goodwin Liu to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

On Thursday, the Senate blocked a final vote on Goodwin Liu, nominated by President Obama for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The 52-43 vote marked the first successful Republican filibuster of an Obama administration judicial nominee. The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) had endorsed Liu based on his record of commitment to the progress made on civil rights and individual liberties as well as his demonstrated commitment to and respect for justice and equality in the workplace.

"The failed Senate cloture vote on Goodwin Liu's nomination couldn't have been a clearer example of elevating politics over principle and taking the low road of partisan politics." stated Patricia A.Barasch, NELA President.