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WTAS: President Trump’s Federal Court Nominees Are Highly Qualified & Well-Credentialed

Today, President Trump will announce that he is nominating 10 highly qualified judges to serve at the federal level. Here’s a sampling of the commentary pouring in about these impressive picks:

Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western University“‘Incredibly strong nominees…These are people who will have an intellectual influence on their courts.’”

“Thus far, the Trump administration’s judicial nominees have been in line with what you would expect from a Republican president.”

Adler“This is as strong a list of nominees as one could hope for.” 

Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis NetworkNow [President Trump] is taking the next step in carrying out his campaign promise by appointing highly qualified and principled judges to the lower federal courts.”

Severino“President Trump is building on the success of his nomination of Justice Gorsuch with an outstanding new slate of nominees for the lower federal courts. The nominees have stellar qualifications and a record of courageous commitment to the rule of law that will make them excellent additions to the federal bench. When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park.”

Leonard Leo, The Federalist Society“These are very impressive state judges who are natural prospects for federal judicial service at the Court of Appeals level.”

Ilya Shapiro, The Cato Institute: With this excellent slate, Trump continues fulfilling his campaign promise—perhaps his most important one, in terms of securing the Republican coalition—regarding judicial nominations.”

Let’s hope there’s more where this came from.”

Rick Moran, American Thinker“It’s guaranteed that they will be far more conservative than any judges that would have been named by a President Clinton. That alone makes Trump’s victory more than worth it for many conservatives.

 

Here’s some highlights of the laudatory comments being made about the individual picks:

 

JOAN LARSEN

Deadline Detroit“Larsen taught at U-M for more than 10 years. She graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.”

Jonathan Oosting, Detroit News“A former University of Michigan law professor who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”

Lauren Gibbons, MLive: “She also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and clerked for David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit…”

DAVID R. STRAS

Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio“On MN Supreme Court, David Stras Found Unlikely Allies

Minnesota Patch“Following law school, Stras clerked for Melvin Brunetti of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

“From 2001 to 2002, he practiced white-collar criminal and appellate litigation with the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Following his year in practice, he clerked for Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the U.S.”

KEVIN NEWSOM

Adler“Newsom clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, served as the solicitor general of Alabama and wrote a well-regarded article for the Yale Law Journal, ‘Setting Incorporationism Straight: A Reinterpretation of the Slaughter-House Cases.’”

AMY CONEY BARRETT

Adler“Barrett clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, served for six years on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and has an impressive scholarly record.”

JOHN K. BUSH

Adler“Bush is an accomplished litigator and president of the Louisville Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. He served on the Sixth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules from 2012 to 2015.”

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