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Letter from 31 retired U.S. armed forces officers in strong support of Cornelia (Nina) Pillard D.C. Circuit nomination (07/22/13)
"While an Assistant in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office, Professor Pillard wrote the legal briefs that challenged VMI’s exclusion of women....The Supreme Court agreed: in a 7-1 decision, it found VMI’s exclusion of women to be unconstitutional....We support Professor Pillard’s nomination because her accomplishments and credentials demonstrate that she has the qualifications to be a federal appellate judge, and because her dedication to principles of equality demonstrates that she will be a great one."

Viet Dinh Letter in support of Cornelia Pillard nomination to the D.C. Circuit (07/18/13)
"Based on our long and varied professional experience together, I know that Professor Pillard is exceptionally bright, a patient and unbiased listener, and a lawyer of great judgment and unquestioned integrity. We certainly do not agree on the merits of every issue, but Nina has always been fair, reasonable, and sensible in her judgments."

Former attorneys in Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (07/17/13)
"Ms. Pillard ... was a respected leader and trusted advisor in OLC, valued for her fair-minded and meticulous approach to legal questions of all sorts. She is an exemplary nominee whom we wholeheartedly endorse."

Lawyers with extensive experience in law enforcement Letter urging "swift confirmation" of Cornelia (Nina) Pillard to the D.C. Circuit (07/17/13)
"Some of us have been prosecutors; others have worked for the FBI or other law enforcement bodies. Among our signatories are two former Deputy Attorneys General, the former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the National Security Division, a prosecutor in the case against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a former FBI General Counsel, and a former assistant U.S. Attorney who led the Southern District of New York’s unit specializing in investigating and prosecuting government corruption."

Letter from 40 lawyers who practice before the Supreme Court urging confirmation of Cornelia (Nina) Pillard to the D.C. Circuit (07/17/13)
"We hold a range of political and jurisprudential views, but we speak together in support of Professor Pillard’s confirmation. ... Professor Pillard is also Faculty Co-Director of the Supreme Court Institute (SCI) ... The SCI offers its services impartially on a first-come, first-served basis to advocates with upcoming cases in the Supreme Court, and it has become so popular in recent years that it assisted lawyers in every case argued in the Court’s last Term. Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Scalia and Ginsburg, and many others from the bench and bar have praised the work of the SCI in contributing to the quality of advocacy."