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Supreme Ct Hands Valley Farmers A Loss (Associated Press, 11/01/11)
Jason Rylander, a lawyer with Defenders of Wildlife, said it was the sixth time that the high court had "rebuffed radical attacks on the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act."
SUPREME COURT: Justices decline to take delta smelt case (Greenwire, 10/31/11)
Lawrence Hurley: "Jason Rylander, an attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, noted that the Supreme Court has now declined on six different occasions to take up constitutional challenges to the ESA. "There can be no doubt that the Commerce Clause provides Congress ample authority to protect America's wildlife heritage," he said."
Smelt Supreme Court ruling goes against farmers (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 10/31/11)
Bob Egelko: " Jason Rylander, a lawyer with Defenders of Wildlife, said it was the sixth time that the high court had "rebuffed radical attacks on the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act.""
Supreme Court rejects delta smelt Commerce Clause petition (Endangered Species & Wetlands Report, 10/31/11)
Defenders of Wildlife senior attorney Jason Rylander, who filed an amicus brief on behalf of Defenders, the Institute for Fisheries Resources, and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, had this to say: “Six times now, the Supreme Court has rebuffed radical special interest attacks on the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act. The ESA properly protects all species because of their actual and potential biological, economic, and aesthetic values. There can be no doubt that the Commerce Clause provides Congress ample authority to protect America’s wildlife heritage.” Rylander noted that five separate courts of appeal in six cases have found the ESA constitutional
A Friend of the Earth Joins the Supreme Court (Earth Connection, 08/10/10)
"More than 40 national environmental organizations actively supported President Obama’s appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. In a letter to Senators prior to last Thursday’s Senate approval of Kagan’s confirmation, the groups cited her “understanding of the importance of fair Court decisions that uphold, enforce, and correctly interpret laws that protect people, wildlife, and the environment.”"
Environmental Groups Smile on Kagan's Ascension to Supreme Court (Environment News Service, 08/06/10)
"A letter signed by 45 groups and sent to the senators on Tuesday says, "Kagan is extremely well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and we endorse her nomination without qualification."
The groups that signed the letter include some of the country's largest and most influential organizations such as the League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, the National Hispanic Environmental Council and Greenpeace USA. Regional conservation groups are also represented."
SENATE: Kagan confirmed for Supreme Court (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 08/05/10)
"Kagan was backed by some of the nation's largest environmental advocacy groups, 45 of which sent a letter urging the Senate to approve her nomination. The letter, which was written and circulated by Defenders of Wildlife, pointed to her statements during confirmation hearings that Congress has broad authority to pass environmental laws and that the Supreme Court should give them deference.
"The court is narrowly and deeply split on critical constitutional and statutory environmental protection issues," the letter said. "Kagan's record and her Supreme Court confirmation hearing testimony demonstrate an essential understanding of the importance of fair Court decisions that uphold, enforce and correctly interpret laws that protect people, wildlife, and the environment.""
SUPREME COURT: Graham joins Democrats as Judiciary panel approves Kagan (Greenwire, 07/20/10)
"35 environmental organizations ... backed her in a letter sent yesterday to Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the committee's ranking member. ..."The court is narrowly and deeply split on critical constitutional and statutory environmental protection issues," says the letter, which was written and circulated by Defenders of Wildlife. "Kagan's record and her Supreme Court confirmation hearing testimony demonstrate an essential understanding of the importance of fair Court decisions that uphold, enforce and correctly interpret laws that protect people, wildlife, and the environment.""
Joint Letter from Environmental Organizations (ABA Journal, 07/19/10)
Senate Judiciary Committee link to: July 19, 2010 - Joint Letter from Environmental Organizations [Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, Greenpeace USA, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, Endangered Species Coalition, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Advocates for the West, Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Kentucky Resources Council, Inc., Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Magic, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, McKenzie Guardians, Citizens for Public Resources, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Conservation Northwest, Montana Environmental Information Center, Endangered Habitats League, Northwest Environmental Advocates, Friends of Blackwater, Oregon Wild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Public Lands Without Livestock, Green Delaware, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council, Gulf Restoration Network, WaterWatch of Oregon, Idaho Conservation League, WildEarth Guardians, Idaho Rivers United, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation]
Elena Kagan started Harvard environmental law program (USA Today, 05/11/10)
"She has an in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts of how issues work in the real world," Glenn Sugameli, an attorney at Defenders of Wildlife and founder of Judging the Environment, which monitors federal courts, tells Grist.
Elena Kagan, climate realist (Grist, 05/10/10)
"She has an in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts of how issues work in the real world," said Glenn Sugameli, an attorney at Defenders of Wildlife and founder of Judging the Environment, which monitors federal courts. "That's important because, if you look at the current court, they're almost all lifetime ‘judicial monastery' types. They're so used to looking at things from a judge's standpoint that they don't really understand them."
SUPREME COURT: Kagan introduced as nominee (Greenwire, 05/10/10)
"We look forward to the Senate's deliberations on this important nomination as the court is sharply and closely divided on the fate of basic environmental safeguards and citizens' access to court. Respect for and understanding of environmental laws that protect all Americans are essential," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife who leads the advocacy group's Judging the Environment project. "The next justice will help determine the fate of basic environmental safeguards for decades to come."
Obama Nominates Solicitor General Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court (Environment News Service, 05/10/10)
Glenn Sugameli, founder and head of the environmental community's Judging the Environment project, said, "We welcome President Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, whose record shows an essential understanding of the importance of upholding and enforcing laws that protect people, wildlife and the environment."
"While she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan made environmental law a top priority," said Sugameli. "She helped found the Environmental Law Program, and, in one of her most prominent hires, recruited prominent environmental scholar Jody Freeman to lead the program. Kagan also started an Environmental Law and Policy Clinic where students provide vital assistance on cases and policy."
"It is critical that Justice Stevens' successor be fair-minded and experienced and understand why environmental laws were written," Sugameli said.
More Reaction to Kagan Nomination (Legal Times, 05/10/10)
Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney, Defenders of Wildlife “We welcome President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, whose record shows an essential understanding of the importance of upholding and enforcing laws that protect people, wildlife and the environment. While she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan made environmental law a top priority. She helped found the Environmental Law Program, and in one of her most prominent hires, recruited prominent environmental scholar Jody Freeman to lead the program. Kagan also started an Environmental Law & Policy Clinic where students provide vital assistance on cases and policy. It is critical that Justice Stevens’ successor be fair-minded and experienced and understand why environmental laws were written.”
Wednesday round-up (SCOTUSBlog, 04/28/10)
"Glenn Sugameli, writing for ACSblog, recalls the perceived unlikelihood of the Monsanto petition being granted and reviews the Court’s recent record in environmental cases."
The Supreme Court’s Activist, Pro-Corporate Opinions and Case Selection (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/26/10)
Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli Guest Post: "understanding how the activist Court has undermined laws that protect ordinary Americans requires that attention must be paid to one-sided decisions whether or not to review environmental and other cases."
Earth Day Highlights Importance of Judicial Nominations, Lawmakers and Advocates Say (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/22/10)
"Federal courts decide the fate of lawsuits that attack safeguards for clean air, clean water, endangered species, and special natural places," Judging the Environment's Glenn Sugameli recently wrote at ACSblog. "Judges must uphold anti-pollution and conservation laws against unjustifiable claims that their enactment exceeded Congress' Commerce Clause authority, and that they take away non-existent 'property rights' to pollute." "Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's retirement highlights just how much Americans rely on fair and independent judges to uphold and enforce laws that protect people and our environment," Sugameli concludes. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson echoed Sugameli's sentiments today.
Wednesday round-up (SCOTUSBlog, 04/14/10)
At ACSblog, Glenn Sugameli contends that Stevens’s replacement should be a strong proponent of environmental protections. Jonathan Hiskes of Grist asks “How green are Obama’s potential Supreme Court picks?” and evaluates the environmental records of the three leading candidates.
SUPREME COURT: Stevens to decide on retirement next month (Greenwire, 03/16/10)
While environmental groups would lose one of their most reliable supporters, said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, they will also lose a justice with "intangibles" -- including a relatively strong rapport with key swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy joined the majority in Massachusetts v. EPA, which provided the legal basis for EPA's emerging effort to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
"Any change on the Supreme Court could help decide the fate of environmental laws for decades to come. The court is very closely split, 5-4, on a number of major environmental issues," Sugameli said. "A new nominee will obviously be much younger and will likely be around to decide issues that nobody's really even thought of yet."
COURTS: Confirmation shifts 4th Circuit toward Democrats' appointees (Greenwire, 11/10/09)
Mountaintop removal case shows need to fill 4th Circuit vacancies: "Only about half of the court voted in this case," said Glenn Sugameli, a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife. "The point of an en banc rehearing is to allow the full court to weigh in on a matter, and the fact that you have this many vacancies and this many recusals on such a significant case shows how the process isn't working." Wilkinson's minority opinion suggests the potential for similar cases to have a different outcome with new additions to the court, Sugameli said.
"All you need is to get to seven. Three new judges could make a difference, let alone five," he said.
Sotomayor Hearings Repeatedly Touched on Enviro Issues (New York Times, 07/17/09)
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor addressed major issues of concern to the environmental community during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that ended yesterday, shedding some light on how she would approach cases concerning regulatory takings, the Constitution's Commerce Clause, as well as her views on upholding congressional action regarding protective measures such as the Clean Water Act.
"Environmental issues received more play than some may have thought they would during the week," said Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel for Earthjustice.
Guest Observer: GOP Payback on Court Nominees Is Hard to Justify (Roll Call, 02/09/09)
Op-Ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli detailing objective problems that justified failure to confirm all of Bush’s nominees. "Any fair evaluation of the Senate’s review of Bush’s judicial nominations can only argue for confirmation of qualified" Obama nominees.
EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund (Capital Research Center, 02/01/09)
"“Judging the Environment” (http://www.
judgingtheenvironment.org/) provides a
handy searchable database of arguments
green groups can use to oppose a Bush appointee.
If you type in the name of an appointee
and click on a legal or environmental issue (e.g. Clean Air or The Commerce Clause) you
will be directed to statements, resolutions,
and “letters of concern” issued by dozens of
environmental groups giving reasons why
the appointee should be rejected. Glenn Sugameli, a senior legislative counsel ...
heads up the project, which keeps
tabs on “extreme nominees.”"
Appointing judges (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/06/08)
Letter to the Editor from Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Senate's constitutional advice and consent role and how "President Bush ignited unnecessary confirmation firefights and artificially created judicial vacancies."
Bush Judicial Nominees- Torture, Alice in Wonderland, Shoplifting, Ethics and more (American Constitution Society Blog, 02/29/08)
Blog posting by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli featured on the American Constitution Society Blog comments on the controversial nominations of William Haynes, Jay Bybee, Claude Allen, Charles Pickering, Robert Conrad, Steve Matthews, Michael Wallace, William Myers, and Duncan Getchell.
Bush nominates judges who he knows won’t be confirmed (The Hill, 02/07/08)
Op-ed length Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli states, "Bush... is choosing nominees because they will not be confirmed, creating artificial vacancies to inflame his right-wing base."
Judicial nominee is not without problems (Free Lance-Star [VA] , 08/15/07)
Letter to the Editor by Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice comments on how judicial nomination editorial did not reflect how President Bush ignored the bipartisan list of five names submitted jointly by Virginia's Senators, and how concerns with Leslie Southwick nomination include "his apparent pro-corporate
tilt and his rulings against access to courts and workers' rights."
The Southwick Nomination (Washington Times, 07/24/07)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli states, Washington Times article "does not reflect the full scope and nature of the problems with Leslie Southwick's nomination . . . . Serious concerns raised by Earthjustice and other environmental groups focused on unfair denial of access to courts and judicial activism."
Misjudging Leslie (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review [PA] , 07/20/07)
Letter to the editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: Leslie Southwick's "record as a judge, combined with Judge Southwick's own words, raise questions about his ability to be a fair and neutral arbiter of environmental and other cases that involve the interests of corporate defendants."
COURTS: Enviros slam controversial appeals court nominee (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 06/15/07)
"Environmental groups -- among them Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club -- yesterday joined the chorus of criticism, although the groups stopped short of flatly opposing the nomination."
Idaho loses fine state judge, gains fine U.S. judge (Lewiston Tribune [ID], 01/19/07)
Editorial by the Lewiston Tribune, quoting Earthjustice’s Glenn Sugameli. The editorial commends the President's decision to nominate Judge Randy Smith in place of withdrawn Ninth Circuit nominee, William Myers III.
Bush's 9th Circuit pick withdraws his nomination (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 01/10/07)
Opposed by environmental groups and Indian tribes, William Myers was the first judicial nominee to lose primarily because of his environmental record, said Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli: "As a lifetime Ninth Circuit judge, Myers would have had the power to turn his pro-industry bias into legal precedents governing nine Western states that contain nearly three-quarters of our public lands."
4 white flags fly in courts fight (Los Angeles Times, 01/10/07)
White House decides not to resubmit William Myers and three others: "For the first time ever, a nominee for a lifetime federal judgeship has been forced to withdraw because his anti-environmental record generated bipartisan opposition," said lawyers for Earthjustice.
Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Myers Withdraws (Environment News Service, 01/10/07)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli hailed Myers' withdrawal: "The Senate blocked William Myers's nomination because of his discredited actions as the Interior Department's top lawyer. As the Department's Solicitor, he unjustifiably favored mining companies and other special interests at the expense of his responsibilities to enforce the laws that protect taxpayers, tribal rights, and the environment. Myers' legal positions as Interior Solicitor were rejected by the Interior Department and by federal and state courts."
Myers withdraws nomination, pleasing environmentalists (Denver Post [CO] , 01/09/07)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice cited William Myers' actions as the Interior’s Department top lawyer. “He unjustifiably favored mining companies and other special interests at the expense of laws that protect taxpayers, tribal rights and the environment.(If he had been confirmed), Myers would have had power to turn his pro-industry bias into legal precedents governing nine Western states.”
Three-year Myers confirmation fight draws to a close (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/09/07)
The Nomination of William Myers to the 9th Circuit was not resubmitted. "Myers's withdrawal is long overdue, and a victory for the environment," said Earthjustice
attorney Glenn Sugameli.
Environmentalists Oppose Alito for Supreme Court (Global Report, 12/29/06)
“Judge Alito’s record indicates that he would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution,” said Sugameli. “There is too much at stake; Judge Alito’s nomination must be defeated.”
Group: Bush's Renomination of Controversial Judges Wrong Move (CivilRights.org, 11/16/06)
President Bush's decision on November 15 to renominate ten judges he pulled in early October has angered civil rights groups who say he is missing an opportunity to work in a bipartisan fashion with the newly Democratic Senate.
Radio Interview of Glenn Sugameli (Clear View radio, 10/05/06)
"Clear View" radio interview of Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on judicial nominations and the environment.
Environmental group opposes Alito confirmation (Shreveport Times [LA], 01/24/06)
Op-Ed by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli begins, "The U.S. Senate is considering whether to confirm Judge Samuel Alito Jr. to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many commentators have not focused on Alito's extreme record as an appellate judge of legislating from the bench on issues central to protecting public health and the environment in Louisiana and nationwide."
Environmental Rulings Should Sink Alito (Gazette (Colorado Springs), 01/24/06)
Opinion by Earthjustice's Ted Zukoski on Judge Alito's poor Clean Water record and the effect that his confirmation to the Supreme Court might have on pending Clean Water cases.
Environmental Groups Voice Strong Opposition to Alito Supreme Court Nomination (Bush Greenwatch, 01/20/06)
Glenn Sugameli, senior counsel at Earthjustice: "Judge Alito's record," continued Sugameli, "indicates that he would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution."
COURTS: Alito defends record on environment as Feinstein attacks (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 01/12/06)
Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli said Alito's comment showed little recognition that the Laidlaw decision essentially overruled his earlier decision on environmental standing. "He's still talking about it as if there's a requirement that a person who uses a stream ... where there's 150 Clean Water violations has to somehow prove that pollution violations are making the water dangerous and not just that he doesn't want to use that stream or swim in that stream," Sugameli said. "He's refusing to back down at all from these opinions that are very disturbing and that he knew were very controversial."
Alito's Opponents Stake Out Positions (Legal Intelligencer, 01/09/06)
Article quotes Earthjustice's report warning that Samuel Alito "would pursue his own extreme legal theories to create new barriers that prevent the enactment and enforcement of national laws that protect families and communities from pollution."
Green Groups Oppose Alito Bid (Washington Times, 12/30/05)
Earthjustice and other environmental groups, which typically do not weigh in on Supreme Court nominations, have joined the chorus of liberal interest groups opposing Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s bid to the high court.
Environmental Groups Oppose Alito for Supreme Court (About.com, 12/22/05)
"America depends upon Supreme Court justices to uphold and enforce our nation's environmental safeguards and to protect the rights of all Americans. We cannot afford to have someone like Judge Alito deciding which rights will be protected, and which will be thrown out," said Buck Parker, Executive Director of Earthjustice. "After a careful consideration of Judge Alito's record, we believe that, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, he would vote to roll back key protections for public health and the environment."
Alito's Enviro Past (AlterNet, 11/02/05)
Article extensively quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.
Environmental groups oppose Alito (Endangered Species & Wetlands Report, 11/01/05)
Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the National Environmental Trust are opposing the nomination of Circuit Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, citing Commerce Clause concerns.
'Very concerned' enviros ponder justice nominee Alito's record (Greenwire, 11/01/05)
Glenn Sugameli: "Earthjustice is extremely concerned that Judge Alito has repeatedly sought to go even farther than the current Supreme Court majority in restricting Congress' authority to allow Americans to protect their rights in court, and to enact laws that protect our health and environment, . . . . the most important indication of how he might rule on the court is how he has ruled over the last 15 years."
COURTS: Roberts ducks questions on Commerce Clause but addresses ESA (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 09/14/05)
Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli: Roberts dodged the key issue of what harm must be shown to bring a lawsuit to stop pollution. "There's a lot of damage that could be done to people's ability to go to court that's totally consistent with Roberts' answer. The fact that he won't entirely wipe out the right to go to court on environmental cases doesn't assure us that he won't severely limit that right."
Divided circuit courts muddy regulation of wetlands (Recorder, 08/25/05)
"This is sort of a shotgun approach," responded Glenn Sugameli senior legislative counsel for EarthJustice, which represents environmental groups. The current Bush administration is opposing many of these new challenges, he said. "That tells you how extreme their [Pacific Legal Foundation] arguments are. This is not an administration that has gone out of its way to protect the environment," Sugameli said.
Greens Worried About Roberts' Environmental Stance (E/The Environmental Magazine, 08/23/05)
E Magazine reports that Glenn Sugameli of the environmental law firm Earthjustice is concerned that Roberts might question "the constitutionality of important protections under the Endangered Species Act."
A friend of Bush is no friend of the environment (St. Petersburg Times [FL] , 08/22/05)
Editorial column by Diane Roberts discusses John Roberts' poor environmental record and quotes Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice, a national law firm: "He seems not to recognize that he's talking about the potential extinction of a species."
The Toad Less Traveled (Investor's Business Daily, 08/16/05)
Editorial quotes Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice, who says Roberts' view of Congress' authority "does raise serious questions" about how he might view "the constitutionality of important protections under the ESA."
Environmentalists Uncertain on Roberts (Wall Street Journal, 08/15/05)
Wall St. Journal reports on environmental community's views on John Roberts: "Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice, a partner in the environmental community's judicial-vetting project, says: 'No federal court has ever ruled that any federal wildlife protection is beyond Congress's Commerce Clause power. It is a position that, although he doesn't give his ultimate view, is troubling.'"
Judge Roberts' Environmental Record Under Scrutiny (Bush Greenwatch, 08/03/05)
Glenn Sugameli, head of Earthjustice's judicial nomination
project, says "Roberts' opinion advanced a view of Congressional
power that could threaten to undermine a wide swath of
environmental protections, including the Clean Air Act and Clean
'Hapless toad' case shows how court nominee thinks (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 08/01/05)
Judge Roberts' opinion questioning Congress' constitutional authority to protect an endangered "hapless toad" "calls into serious question his views on the scope of the (Constitution's) commerce clause ... which might have serious implications for other environmental laws and health and worker protection, civil rights and consumer laws,'' said Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli.
Judging Roberts (Living on Earth, 07/29/05)
Public Radio International's Living On Earth interviews Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts' interpretation of the commerce clause and how it affects his decisions on environmental issues.
Judge John Roberts: Mystery Man? (California Chronicle, 07/23/05)
Sher Zieve column: "Liberal environmentalists, such as Senior Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice Glenn Sugameli, were upset (if not incensed) with Judge Roberts’ ruling regarding the fate of the Arroyo Toad, as it pertained to the Federal Endangered Species Act."
Court nominee (Idaho State Journal, 06/24/05)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on the reasons behind William G. Myers' failed nomination to the Ninth Circuit.
Groups Say New Justice Will Stymie Environmental Protection (Chemical Week, 06/15/05)
Janice Rogers Brown's record raises concerns that she will be "legislating from the bench," says Earthjustice attorney James Cox. Brown's record "reveals she's a staunch, opening activist opponent of fundamental government safeguards," he says.
Good News: Filibuster Deal Means No Vote On William Myers (Monitor, 05/25/05)
"The decision of moderate senators to reach a compromise that allows them to step back from the brink of all-out partisan 'nuclear' warfare in the United States Senate is a victory for democracy, and for our nation's protections for clean air, clean water, and special natural places," said Glenn Sugameli, who heads the Judging the Environment project for the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice.
"The fact that William Myers will not be allowed to be confirmed shows how important environmental protections have become to the issue of maintaining fair and independent courts," Sugameli said.... "Earthjustice will continue to strongly oppose the nominations of Pryor, Owen, and Brown, and urge the Senate to reject them," Sugameli said. "Based on their records, these nominees still do not deserve lifetime seats on the federal bench."
Right-Wingers Running Full Court Press (Environmental News Network (ENN), 04/28/05)
Earthjustice Executive Director Buck Parker Commentary on right-wing attack against fair courts, including nuclear option, Ninth Circuit split and William Myers' nomination.
This is a poor nominee for judge (Albany Democrat-Herald [OR], 03/28/05)
Letter to the Editor by Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on Ninth Circuit nominee William G. Myers' environmental record.
Rejected Last Year, Bush Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominees Are Back (Bush Greenwatch, 01/27/05)
Noting that the Senate has already approved 204 of President Bush's 260 nominees, Earthjustice senior legislative counsel Glenn Sugameli says "Renomination of so many judges who the Senate has refused to confirm has never happened before. President Bush is trying to convert the Senate into a rubber stamp."
Democrats dislike nominee's enviro record (Waste News, 08/02/04)
"Fortunately, a sufficient number of Senators saw through the Bush administration's attempt to turn an anti-environmental activist into a lifetime federal judge,'' said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice.
Democrats Block Bush Judicial Nominee on Environmental Grounds (Environment News Service, 07/21/04)
“As his actions as Interior solicitor demonstrate, Mr. Myers sees nothing wrong with using public office to advance his personal agenda, which happens to match that of the mining and beef industries who employed him for most of his career,” said Buck Parker, executive director of Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm. “Fortunately, a sufficient number of senators saw through the Bush administration’s attempt to turn an anti-environmental activist into a lifetime federal judge.”
Tribes Protest Myers Nomination to 9th Circuit Court (NIFC, 04/16/04)
Leaders of Native American organizations will gather on Capitol Hill today to protest the nomination of attorney William G. Myers III to a lifetime seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Panel OKs nomination to 9th Circuit (Billings Gazette [MT,WY], 04/02/04)
"As his opinions as Interior solicitor demonstrate, Mr. Myers sees nothing wrong with using his public office to advance his private agenda, which matches that of the mining and beef industries who employed him for most of his adult life," Earthjustice Executive Director Buck Parker said in a statement. "Worse, he is willing to twist the law to reach the result he'd like to see."
Committee OKs judicial nominee (Associated Press, 04/02/04)
Associated Press article quotes Earthjustice's Jim Cox on William Myers being voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
NOMINATIONS: Senate Judiciary likely to consider Myers nomination this week (Environment & Energy (E & E) Daily, 03/29/04)
Senators on the Judiciary Committee rarely come out in formal opposition to a nominee prior to a vote, said Earthjustice attorney Glenn Sugameli. Feinstein's statement of opposition paves the way for a 10 to 9 party-line vote on the nomination, Sugameli predicted.
Judge takes bench despite opposition; Environmental groups dislike Clean Water Act rulings from Alabama's former attorney general. (Waste News, 03/01/04)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on President Bush's recess appointment of William Pryor: "This is another slap in the face of the constitutional process of judicial selection. President Bush is using a five-day Senate recess as a fig leaf to ride roughshod over the objections of senators, environmental groups, and many other concerned citizens.'' Pryor, as Alabama's attorney general, has taken "extreme stances'' opposing the federal government's role in protecting the environment, including challenging the constitutionality of portions of the Clean Water Act. "Appointing a judge like this to a federal appeals court shows that President Bush has no respect for the rights of American citizens to challenge polluters and other lawbreakers.''
With Senate Away, Bush Appoints Pryor to Appeals Court (Environment News Service, 02/23/04)
"Pryor has taken extreme stances against the role of government in protecting the environment," said Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli. "Appointing a judge like this to a federal appeals court shows that President Bush has no respect for the rights of American citizens to challenge polluters and other lawbreakers."
Court and Spark: Bush nominates eco-hostile lobbyist to federal appeals court (Grist, 02/10/04)
Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on William Myers nomination: the committee took up "a fundamental question of American justice: Is a man who has advanced an absolutist ideological viewpoint throughout his entire career fit to be a federal judge?" (Sugameli has compiled info on the professional track records of Myers and other Bush judicial nominees on Earthjustice's Judging the Environment webpage.)
Nominee For 9th Circuit Will Face Senators (Daily Journal [CA] , 02/05/04)
"William Myers' only apparent qualifications for a seat on the 9th Circuit are that he has long been a lawyer and lobbyist for the mining and cattle industries and has used his public office as Interior solicitor to further their interests at the expense of Native Americans and the environment," Earthjustice executive director Buck Parker said.
Groups Fight Nominee for 9th Circuit (Los Angeles Times, 02/05/04)
Los Angeles Times cites Earthjustice report and separately quotes Earthjustice's Buck Parker and Glenn Sugameli on 9th Circuit nominee William G. Myers III, who faces a tough confirmation battle as nearly 100 environmental, tribal, civil rights, labor and women's organizations have mounted a major campaign to defeat him in the Senate.
Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged (Grist, 02/04/04)
A coalition of more than 60 environmental, civil-rights, and Native American groups have sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the confirmation of William G. Myers III
Environmental, Civil Rights Groups Oppose Bush Judicial Nominee (Associated Press, 02/04/04)
Associated Press: Earthjustice's executive Director Buck Parker says Myers "He the clearest anti-environmental record of any of the nominees to date. He has made a career as a lobbyist and lawyer trying to overturn environmentally protective laws and regulations."
Bush gives Pryor recess appointment to 11th Circuit; Myers grilled by senators (Endangered Species & Wetlands Report, 02/01/04)
“This is another slap in the face of the Constitutional process of judicial selection,” said Glenn Sugameli, Senior Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice. “President Bush is using a five-day Senate recess as a fig leaf to ride roughshod over the objections of senators, environmental groups, and many other concerned citizens.”
Judge confirmed to appeals court (Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown, PA], 08/01/03)
Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice: “We’re very disturbed by this, based on his record. Obviously we’re disappointed. But we are pleased that a number of senators recognize there are a series of environmental issues in regard to this confirmation."
Critics Bash Bush on Earth Day (Environment News Service, 04/22/03)
It is not just the policies of the administration that have environmentalists worried, many believe some the President's judicial nominees pose a serious, longterm threat to the environment. The legality and enforcement of environmental laws is increasingly being determined by federal courts and several of the Bush nominees are on record with what many believe are extreme views on private property and federal jurisdiction that could contradict with fundamental environmental protections
Liberals to choose their battles on judge nominees (Recorder, 11/12/02)
Article quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on impact of change in control of the Senate on judicial nominees, and filibusters as a plausible weapon against those nominees who are not qualified to serve.
Liberals Bracing for Quick Judicial Action by Bush (Los Angeles Times, 11/07/02)
Los Angeles Times quotes Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on concerns about judges with extreme views that threaten basic protections for the environment and public health."
Wins Put GOP In Control of Judicial Picks (Daily Journal [CA] , 11/07/02)
"The time-honored tradition of requiring consent from home-state senators would still be in place as a limit on appointment of extreme nominees from states who have senators that have not been consulted and do not agree with appointments," Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund, said.
Panel affirms judge (Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown, PA], 05/24/02)
Quotes Doug Kendall of Community Rights Counsel & Glenn Sugameli of Earthjustice on how case against D. Brooks Smith's confirmation was overwhelming and included serious ethical issues.
Biden, Jurist Face Day of Reckoning (Roll Call, 02/25/02)
Article quotes Community Rights Counsel's Doug Kendall and Earthjustice's Glenn Sugameli on opposition to 3rd Circuit nominee D. Brooks Smith.