The unexpected and tragic passing of United States Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia over a week ago has triggered a political power play in and around the judicial branch of government. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for diverse leadership at all levels, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) believes that the new appointee should bring a diverse perspective to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Our nation is facing great change, which brings both challenges and opportunities. A nominee who comes from a diverse background can bring critical thought not rooted in the same old way of thinking and doing and thus lead the high court to better decisions thereby strengthening this country. Right now, a perspective that is not represented at this level of leadership is the Asian American voice.
It is imperative that the U.S. Supreme Court function at its optimum capacity thus LEAP strongly urges the Honorable members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Honorable members of the United States Senate to give prompt consideration to a U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee through a fair and thorough hearing and vote.
LEAP also encourages President Obama to nominate one of several highly qualified Asian American jurists to the Supreme Court of the United States. LEAP acknowledges that you have appointed more diverse judges to the federal bench and would like to see you cement your legacy of inclusion through another history-making nomination.
During this time of loss, we the people, have the opening to see good leadership demonstrated and role modeled by our elected officials. This leadership includes taking action and showing that our President & Senators truly value the diversity of our country and will ensure that our institutions for the people, by the people, truly includes all of the people.
– Linda Akutagawa (LEAP President and CEO)