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Main Street Alliance of Oregon and Washington (08/23/17)
“Our Main Street businesses see no compelling reason to undermine the current court legal system. It is troubling that Congress would consider creating unnecessary uncertainly for litigants when Ninth Circuit judges, appointed by both Democratic and Republican Presidents, have testified that splitting the Ninth Circuit would be costly, inefficient and would harm the administration of justice in the West. It is particularly disconcerting that many of the advocates for splitting the Ninth Circuit are driven by opposition to specific decisions of the Ninth Circuit, a desire to change particular holdings, and an attempt to manipulate the makeup of judges hearing cases.”

Letter from more than 150 organizations to Senate Judiciary Committee in strong opposition to legislative proposals to divide the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/22/17)
" Allowing this ideological campaign to overhaul the judicial branch threatens the integrity and independence of the judicial system. Further, if legislation to divide the Ninth Circuit is enacted, it will enable ideologically driven forum shopping aimed at eroding critical constitutional rights and legal protections that affect workers, civil rights, consumers, and the environment. Not only does such an obvious ideological driven campaign threaten the integrity of the judicial system, but there is no compelling reason to split the jurisdiction and to incur the substantial costs that such a split would generate. Indeed, on July 27, 2017, 34 Ninth Circuit judges, including Alex Kozinski, nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and Jay Bybee, Consuelo Callahan, Carlos Bea, and Milan Smith, all nominated by President George W. Bush, wrote to the Committee opposing efforts to split the court."

California Women Lawyers letter to Senators: OPPOSITION to Division of the Ninth Circuit (08/22/17)
"The changes would be expensive, inefficient, and negatively impact access to justice in the state of California (and beyond).”

194 district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges in the Ninth Circuit letter to Senators, opposing proposals to divide the Ninth Circuit (08/21/17)
“In our view, division of the Ninth Circuit would be costly, inefficient, and would harm the administration of justice in the West.”

Inland Empire Economic Partnership letter to Senators, opposing proposal to divide the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (08/21/17)
“We believe that the Ninth Circuit provides a unified body of law for the vital Pacific Rim economic area, which is something that would be difficult to achieve were it to be split.”

Oregon State Bar letter to Senators re: Proposal to Restructure the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/18/17)
"[T]he Oregon State Bar has concerns about the various proposals to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that are currently under consideration. First, any proposal to split the circuit should be carefully and thoroughly vetted by all stakeholders. Further, while we recognize that the Ninth Circuit carries a significantly larger workload than some of the smaller circuits, this fact has not undermined the court’s ability to serve the needs of the people in the circuit."

San Diego County Bar Association letter to Senators, supporting the current constitution of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and strongly opposing any effort to split the circuit (08/18/17)
“Pending legislative proposals would divide the Ninth Circuit and create a new Twelfth Circuit. Such a division would be costly, inefficient and harm the administration of justice. A division of the Ninth Circuit would undermine the consistent body of law that has developed in the West.”

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce letter to Senators, opposing bills that would divide the Ninth Circuit (08/18/17)
“There is a significant advantage to the court’s current structure from a business perspective. A ruling from the current Ninth Circuit creates one standard of federal law for the western states. A single federal appellate court for the West Coast minimizes the risk that the laws of intellectual property, maritime trade, labor relations, banking or other business matters will be different in major business hubs like Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle and Phoenix.”

The Bar Association of San Francisco letter to Senators, opposing proposals to divide the Ninth Circuit (08/16/17)
“The proposed circuit split is unnecessary and inappropriate, as is demonstrated by the fact that it is still not wanted by those who would be most directly affected.... Splitting the circuit, an extreme measure, would be unnecessary, costly, and unjustified."

American Bar Association approved Resolution reaffirming opposition to restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/15/17)
“The ABA has found no compelling evidence to support claims that the Ninth Circuit is failing to deliver quality justice. The perceived problems identified by supporters of the legislation do not justify restructuring and would not be remedied by any of the various proposed circuit divisions.”

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) letter to Senators, opposing proposals to restructure the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/08/17)
“PALSD opposes the various proposals to restructure the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.”

Letter from all five Hawaii Supreme Court Justices to Senators, opposing proposals to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/07/17)
"We agree with Chief Judge Thomas that a split would not be in the public interest and would undermine the administration of justice.... [W]e believe that a split would not be in the interest of the administration of justice in Hawaii. The Ninth Circuit’s administrative capacity allows it to develop and sustain programs that significantly improve access to justice for communities.”

Bay Area Council letter opposing any action to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (08/04/17)
"Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide. Some 30 plus law firms are actively engaged with the Council, at all levels. Among those involved as Board or Executive Committee members, they are 100% opposed to any division of the Ninth Circuit. Any potential split of the Ninth Circuit is unnecessary and will cause unneeded confusion during any transition, implementation process.”

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce letter to Senators, opposing proposals to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (08/01/17)
“The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 local businesses, with over 200,000 employees, is writing in opposition to various legislative proposals to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. . . . As was pointed out by Judge Bea, the White Commission, which recommended against splitting the Ninth Circuit in 1998, stated that the uniformity of business law in the West is a strength for our commercial sectors, as compared to the conflicts found within the six circuits along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce agrees with Judge Bea’s conclusion that a geographically larger district ‘allows our law to be predictable, a critical element which supports innovation and economic strength in our business communities.’”

Hawaii State Bar Association letter to Senators, opposing restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (08/01/17)
“After seeking comment[s] from members of our chapter, there were no comments in favor of restructuring [the Ninth Circuit].”

Silicon Valley Leadership Group letter opposing any division of the Ninth Circuit (07/31/17)
“We oppose any potential division of the Ninth Circuit because doing so will negatively impact intellectual property law and global trade, both of which are fundamental to the innovation economy. . . . Trade would also suffer under a divided Ninth Circuit. In Silicon Valley alone, exports account for $30 billion annually in economic activity. The current legal arrangement provides foreign nations with the certainty that any legal issues which may arise will be addressed by a single, uniform judiciary. A divided judiciary would only present uncertainty and potential delay to any trade-related legal matters on the West Coast.”

Letter from 34 U.S. Circuit Court Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing Senate and House proposals dividing the Ninth Circuit (07/27/17)
"In our view, division of the Ninth Circuit would be costly, inefficient, and would harm the administration of justice in the West."

Federal Bar Association letter opposing Ninth Circuit split (05/16/17)
"We write to provide the views of the Federal Bar Association on legislative proposals pending before the Senate to restructure the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After review, the Federal Bar Association considers such proposals unnecessary, costly and not in the interests of the efficient administration of justice."

American Bar Association Statement [House Hearing on Ideas for Restructuring the Ninth Circuit] (03/16/17)
"The potential cost of circuit restructuring, alone, counsels against division, absent verifiable compelling evidence of dysfunction."

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association & Asian American Justice Center (03/24/10)
Testimony in support of Goodwin Liu nomination.

Ninth Circuit - Over 370 Law Professors Opposed to Splitting the Ninth Circuit (09/27/06)
A letter from over 370 law professors urging Senators Specter and Leahy of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the Ninth Circuit Split.

Judge Sidney Thomas' written testimony opposing the Ninth Circuit Split (09/20/06)
Judge Sidney Thomas' written testimony for the Judiciary Committee regarding his opposition to S. 1845, the proposal to split the Ninth Circuit.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Resolution (09/19/06)
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Resolution opposing the Ninth Circuit Split at the 2006 Annual Conference in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Ninth Circuit - Letter of Opposition from 68 US District Court Judges (09/19/06)
68 United States District Court Judges from the Ninth Circuit write letter of opposition to Ninth Circuit Split.

Ninth Circuit - Chief District Judge Winmill's letter opposing efforts to split the 9th Circuit (09/19/06)
Chief District Judge Winmill's letter opposing efforts to split the 9th Circuit.

Ninth Circuit - Letter of Opposition from Judge Lynn Winmill, Idaho (09/19/06)
Letter of Opposition to Ninth Circuit Split from Chief District Judge Lynn Winmill, US District Court for Idaho

Ninth Circuit - Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Opposition Letter (09/19/06)
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the Ninth Circuit Split.