A former deputy chief of staff to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has joined Alliance For Justice, and will be in charge of the progressive organization's initiatives on federal judicial selection, Supreme Court issues, voter rights and more.
Michelle Schwartz most recently worked out of Lautenberg's office in New Jersey, advising the senator on policy and legal issues and overseeing the Washington staff, AFJ said Monday in an announcement of the move.
Schwartz previously worked as Lautenberg's senior counsel and worked on Capitol Hill on judicial nominations, telecommunications and labor issues. She was also a former litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington from 2004 to 2007.
"Michelle Schwartz brings to our leadership team a stellar background, an outstanding track record and a passion for justice," AFJ President Nan Aron said in a statement. "She will play a vital role in all of our efforts to give meaning to the words ‘equal justice under law.'"
Washington-based AFJ represents more than 100 groups, and has monitored and assessed federal judicial nominations and Supreme Court nominations. This year it is also working on issues of voter rights, same-sex marriage, filibuster reform in the Senate and a variety of Supreme Court issues, including ethics and campaign financing.
"For more than three decades, AFJ has been a leader in the fight for a fair America," Schwartz said in a statement. "I look forward to helping lead AFJ's efforts to stand up for the rights of all Americans."
Lautenberg, 89, has announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2014.