Anti-ADA Judge Terrence Boyle


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Take Action to Stop Anti-ADA Judge Terrence Boyle!

April 18, 2005On Thursday, April 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee
vote on the controversial nomination of Terrence Boyle to the Fourth
Circuit Court of Appeals. Because Boyle has consistently undermined
rights protections for people with disabilities,
dozens of disability
organizations and many other civil rights and social justice
organizations are opposed to promoting this activist judge to a
seat on one of the most powerful courts in the land. If confirmed, Boyle
would have the rest of his life to undermine civil rights laws for
with disabilities. Its up to you to stop him.

How can I help stop Boyle?
1. Show Up:
Join us on April 21st at 9:30 a.m. in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate
Office Building in Washington, DC.
During past votes on Anti-ADA judicial nominees, the disability
has turned out in force and we have been noticed by Senators. Help us
put a human face on this debate! Come early and show your support for
2. Speak Up:
While we know disability is not and should not be a partisan issue, our
only hope of stopping Boyle is by using the filibuster. The Minority
leadership will only use the filibuster if all the Democrats on the U.S.
Senate Judiciary Committee vote against him on April 21st. But Senators
Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Joe Biden
(D-Delaware) have indicated that they may support Boyles nomination,
despite his rulings to undermine civil rights protections for people
disabilities and others. With their support, Boyle will secure the
committees approval and likely confirmation by the full Senate.
(Remember: It was Sen. Feinstein's vote in Committee that prevented the
filibuster against Jeffrey Sutton.)

Use the contact information below to contact these Senators today!

Why Should I oppose Boyle?

| Boyle has repeatedly ruled that Congress overstepped its
authority in providing certain protections to people with disabilities
under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

| Boyle has criticized the ADA as a law that seeks to single out
the disabled for special, advantageous treatment.

| Boyle has permitted state officials to use the tired doctrine of
states rights to avoid complying with the ADA and his reasoning was
rejected by the Supreme Court in Tennessee v. Lane.

| Boyle has also interpreted the ADA as providing very limited
protections, taking positions so extreme that even judges on the
conservative Fourth Circuit criticized his reading as too narrow.

| In one case, Boyle was even willing to let an employer
define the reasonable accommodations required under the ADA for a worker
with a disability. Boyles judgment tipped the playing field so heavily
the employer that a higher court called this part of his ruling
particularly inappropriate.

Who else is opposed to Boyle?
[Contact us at to add your name to this list.]
Organizations opposed to Boyle include: ADA Watch/National Coalition
Disability Rights, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Alliance for
Justice, Alliance of Disability Advocates, Disability Rights Education
and Defense Fund, National Council on Independent Living , American
Association of People with Disabilities, United Spinal Association,
Association of Persons with disabilities, California Disability
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Center for
Independent Living, North Carolina, Council for Disability Rights, Deaf
Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency, Disability Policy Consortium
of Massachusetts, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National
Association of the Deaf, Pathways for the Future CIL of Sylva, North
Carolina, Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, Programs for
Accessible Living, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People -- San Jose, CA
chapter, The Freedom Center, The Joy A. Shabazz Center for Independent
Living in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Mississippi Statewide Council
for Independent Living, The South Plains Post Polio Network Lubbock,
Texas, The Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center, The
Virginia Association of the Blind, Western Alliance CIL of Asheville,
North Carolina.

Take Action Now!

Let these lawmakers know that you oppose the confirmation of Terrence

Senator Diane Feinstein (California)
Washington, DC office: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco Office: (415) 393-0707

Senator Joe Biden (Delaware)
Washington, DC Office: (202) 224-5042
Wilmington Office: (302) 573-6345

Senator Herb Kohl (Wisconsin)
Washington, DC office: (414) 297-4451
Milwaukee Office: (414) 297-4451