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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."

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."

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 37 Office of the Solicitor General Alumni in Support of Patricia Millett Nomination (07/09/13)
"All of the undersigned are alumni of the Office of the Solicitor General who have served there with Ms. Millett, worked with her before that when she was an Attorney in the Civil Division or in private practice, or worked with her or litigated against her since. We thus have first-hand knowledge of Ms. Millett’s dedication, intellect, professionalism, and integrity. We hold a broad range of political, policy, and jurisprudential views, but we speak as one in offering our unqualified support of Ms. Millett’s nomination."

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Letter to the Senate: Support Patricia Millett’s Nomination to the D.C. Circuit (07/09/13)
"Not only is it contrary to the interests of justice for the court to operate understaffed, it is clear that with fewer active judges on the D.C. Circuit than there were in 2005, the increased workload warrants filling each of the remaining vacant seats on the court."

Lisa Soronen letter in Support of Patricia Millett Nomination (07/03/13)
"I know Patricia through my work at the State and Local Legal Center."

Letter from seven former Solicitor Generals of the U.S. in support of Patricia Millett D.C. Circuit nomination (07/02/13)
"It is our uniform view that she is supremely qualified for this important position."