Cornerstones of American Democracy: A PRimer on Judicial Restraint, Federalism, and Nominations to the Federal Bench

May 1, 2003

Jennifer C. Braceras

A fully-staffed, balanced, and independent judiciary is necessary for the protection of our safety, freedom, and civil rights. Yet today the American justice system is imperiled by an extraordinary number of federal judicial vacancies and by the efforts of some to prevent the confirmation of qualified judicial nominees and thereby politicize what Alexander Hamilton once referred to as our government’s “least dangerous” branch.

Cornerstones of American Democracy: A PRimer on Judicial Restraint, Federalism, and Nominations to the Federal Bench