American Bar Association letter to Senate leaders: vote on 15 judicial nominees before recess for the year (12/02/15)
"On behalf of the American Bar Association, I write to urge you to schedule votes on the confirmation of 15 nominees pending on the Senate floor before the Senate recesses for the year. Seven of the pending nominees have the backing of their Republican home-state senators and all 15 have been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous voice votes. Most importantly, if confirmed, nine of the pending nominees would fill vacancies that have been declared judicial emergencies by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Courts with emergency vacancies have too few judges to handle their workload effectively and deliver timely justice."
Letter on Court of Federal Claims caseload (07/22/15)
Letter to Sen. McConnell from Lewis S. Wiener, President, United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2002, 2014: "Senator Grassley, as part of his
thorough due diligence on behalf of the Senate's Judiciary Committee at the outset of this year, closely examined the issue of the Court's case load, including utilization of the Court's senior judges. Ultimately, Senator Grassley's office directly contacted the Court, obtained relevant information, and the five nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims were reported favorably
out of the Judiciary Committee by voice vote on February 26, 2015. ... this letter reiterates the prior urgent request that the five pending nominees be confirmed without further delay to allow the Court to again function at full speed."
City Council of Pittsburgh adopted Resolution 2015-1635 (05/12/15)
WHEREAS, a longtime vacancy on the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers federal appeals in Pennsylvania and two other states) has been designated a “judicial emergency” by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, and a second vacancy is scheduled to open on July 1, which threatens Pennsylvanians’ access to justice; and ... last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on pending judicial nominations, the first one in 8 weeks. Federal District Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, nominee for Third Circuit vacancy, was not on the list of nominees. Despite the fact that Judge Restrepo has the support of both Senators Casey and Toomey and is entirely qualified for the job, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has refused to hold a hearing for him; ... NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Pittsburgh supports a strong judiciary, and calls on Pennsylvania Senator Toomey to return the blue slip on Judge Restrepo immediately, ask Senator Grassley to schedule his hearing in order to fill the emergency judicial vacancy on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and work to ensure a speedy confirmation before July 1. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Will of Council shall be sent to U.S. Senator Patrick S. Toomey."
Hispanic National Bar Association Urges Consideration of the Nomination of the Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (05/07/15)
Letter to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): "to request that you urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to swiftly consider the nomination of the Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As you know, President Obama nominated Judge Restrepo to the District Court in 2013. Subsequently, the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Restrepo in accordance with your and Senator Casey’s recommendation. Despite your and Senator Casey’s support of the nomination of Judge Restrepo to the Third Circuit, and despite the fact that he already recently went through the same detailed vetting process for the District Court, the nomination has been awaiting committee consideration for six months, with no hearing scheduled to date. Meanwhile, the seat he will fill on the Third Circuit has been vacant for eighteen months and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has declared a “judicial emergency” for appeals out of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware."
Letter in strong support of Pamela Harris nomination to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, from current and former partners in O’Melveny & Myers LLP Washington, D.C., office (06/23/14)
"[T]he signatories of this letter span the political and jurisprudential spectrum. Some of us have served in Republican Administrations or worked for Republican Senators, while others have served in Democratic Administrations or worked for
Democratic Senators. Some of us are members of the Federalist Society, while others are members of the American Constitution Society. Our ranks include a former White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, top Commerce Department and Justice Department officials to Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and senior aides to President Barack Obama. Although we may not all share Pam’s views on a range of legal and political issues, we are united in the belief that Pam possesses the intellect, fair-mindedness, humility, and fundamental decency to make an excellent federal judge."
Letter from Gregory G. Garre, Michael Kellogg, Carter Phillips and dozens of other "lawyers from diverse backgrounds and varying affiliations" in "enthusiastic support" of Pamela Harris nomination to 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (06/20/14)
• Greg Garre, former Solicitor General of the United States (2008-2009) and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States (2005-2008) in the President George W. Bush Administration
• Donald Ayer, former Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice in the President George H.W. Bush Administration (1989-1990); former Principal Deputy Solicitor General (1986-1989) and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California (1981-1986) in the President Ronald Reagan Administration
• Rebecca Benyon, former Deputy General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget (2001-2002) and Special Assistant to the President (2002-2003) in the President George W. Bush Administration
• Steven Gill Bradbury, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (2005-2007) and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (2004-2009) in the President George W. Bush Administration
• Adam Charnes, former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy (2002-2003) in the President George W. Bush Administration
• Wan Kim, former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (2005-2007) and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (2003-2005) in the President George W. Bush Administration
• Maureen Mahoney, former Deputy Solicitor General (1991-1993) in the President George H.W. Bush Administration
• Stephen Shapiro, former Deputy Solicitor General (1981-1983) in the President Ronald Reagan Administration