Washington, D.C. — Following today’s Supreme Court ruling in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid and the judicial confirmation hearing of Christine O’Hearn for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, People’s Parity Project Policy & Program Director Tristin Brown issued the following statement:
“Today’s confirmation hearing of Christine O’Hearn was deeply disappointing and woefully insufficient. In light of today’s crushing Supreme Court ruling in Cedar Point, a union-busting case that will have devastating consequences for labor rights, it is clearer than ever that there should be no room on the bench for individuals, like Ms. O’Hearn, who have spent their careers quashing workers’ rights.
During today’s hearing, Ms. O’Hearn was asked a total of six questions (all of which were asked by one U.S. Senator), zero of which were asked by Democratic senators and zero of which sought to challenge or clarify her long history of anti-worker representation and writing. That is unacceptable. We urge members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to follow up and submit written questions to Ms. O’Hearn that require her to explain and justify the troubling anti-worker litigation she has committed her legal career to.
It is imperative that we prioritize the rights of workers in this country. That must include carefully interrogating the records of pro-corporate, anti-worker attorneys who have been nominated to the federal bench, in order to determine whether they will advance true justice for all as a judge.”
Founded in 2018, the People’s Parity Project is a nationwide network of law students and new attorneys organizing to unrig the legal system and build a justice system that values people over profits. The organization is grounded in the belief that members of the legal profession have a responsibility to demystify—and dismantle—the coercive legal tools that have stacked the system against the people. PPP is fighting for a civil legal system that works for working people, especially workers of color, women, and low-wage, precarious, immigrant, disabled, and LGBTQ+ workers. Learn more: peoplesparity.org/about.