Following His Nomination To The Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Received An Outpouring Of Support
- Judge Brett Kavanaugh is receiving widespread praise for his impressive qualifications, strong commitment to the Constitution, and his caring, selfless disposition.
- Respected members of the legal community have said it "is a massive understatement" to call Judge Kavanaugh "qualified for the role."
- Others call him "very smart and incredibly hard-working," "a great colleague," and "an industrious person."
- Influential legal scholars and academic colleagues call Judge Kavanaugh "a thought leader," "an incredibly decent person," "one of the most learned judges in America," "an incomparable mentor," and "a fair-minded jurist."
- Dozens of Judge Kavanaugh's former law clerks have universally sung high praise for their old boss.
- In addition to being "a master of the legal craft" and "one of the sharpest legal minds in the country," Judge Kavanaugh's former clerks have said he has "extraordinary intellect" and "unimpeachable integrity."
- Former law clerks have praised Judge Kavanaugh for "support[ing] the careers of many women lawyers" and eighteen female former law clerks of Judge Kavanaugh said he achieved "rare gender parity" on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, hiring 25 women and 23 men clerks.
- Commentators and journalists have said Judge Kavanaugh is "distinguished" and "belongs on the bench."
- Local papers across the country have published rave reviews for Judge Kavanaugh.
JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S COLLEAGUES IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY HAVE HIGH PRAISE FOR JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH
Respected Members Of The Legal Community Have Said It "Is A Massive Understatement" To Call Judge Kavanaugh "Qualified For The Role" And That "He Has Demonstrated A Principled Approach To Interpreting The Law"
The Attorney Generals Of 26 States Wrote A Letter To Senate Leadership Urging Them To "To Promptly Hold A Hearing On And Confirm The Nomination Of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court Of The United States." "Dear Senators McConnell, Schumer, Grassley, and Feinstein: As the chief legal officers of our States, we write to urge the United States Senate to promptly hold a hearing on and confirm the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the Constitution and the rule of law. We have no doubt that he possesses the qualifications, temperament, and judicial philosophy to be an excellent Associate Justice." ("A Communication From The States Of West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, And Wyoming Regarding The Nomination Of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court Of The United States," State Of West Virginia Office Of The Attorney General , 7/12/18)
Yale Students, Alumni, And Faculty Wrote A Letter In Support Of Judge Kavanaugh In Which They Said He Was "Eminently Qualified To Serve As A Supreme Court Justice" Adding That He "He Has Demonstrated A Principled Approach To Interpreting The Law." "Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Judge Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is one of our nation's most distinguished jurists. In his twelve years of Service on the United States Court Of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit he has demonstrated a principled approach to interpreting the law." ("Letter From Yale Students, Alumni, And Faculty In Support Of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh," The White House , 7/12/18)
Rachael Brand, A Former Top DOJ Officer, Said "You Cannot Imagine A Better Supreme Court Nominee Than Brett Kavanaugh" Adding " So I've Seen First-Hand His Work Ethic, His Integrity, His Dedication To Public Service, His Brain. He's A Great Person, A Great Lawyer, Great Judge." CNN's DON LEMON: "I want to bring in now Rachel Brand. Rachel Brand is a former third ranking official at the Justice Department, and she joins us now on the phone. Rachel, I appreciate you joining us, thank you so much. It's a very busy night. What's your reaction to the selection?" RACHEL BRAND: "I'm delighted. You cannot imagine a better Supreme Court nominee than Brett Kavanaugh. Not only among the candidates that the president had, but really it's hard to even theoretically imagine a better nominee than Brett, so I'm just delight that the president picked him." LEMON: "How well do you know him?" BRAND: "Pretty well. We worked together in the White House Counsel's Office at the beginning of the Bush administration. When he talked tonight about running out of the gate at the White House on 9/11, I was doing the same thing. We worked together during that time. So I've seen first-hand his work ethic, his integrity, his dedication to public service, his brain. He's a great person, a great lawyer, great judge." (CNN's "CNN Tonight," 7/9/18)
Edward McNally, Who Worked On Homeland Security Legal Issues In The Bush White House, Said Kavanaugh "Was Regarded As A Fair, Neutral, Straightforward Arbiter." "Edward McNally, who worked on homeland security legal issues in the White House, said Mr. Kavanaugh had to ensure that every word of proposed executive orders or speeches was vetted by the relevant agencies before going to the president, sometimes trying to reconcile competing views. 'He was regarded as a fair, neutral, straightforward arbiter,' Mr. McNally said." (Scott Shane, Steve Eder, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Adam Liptak, Charlie Savage and Ben Protess, "Influential Judge, Loyal Friend, Conservative Warrior - And D.C. Insider," The New York Times , 7/14/18)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Said "To Call Him [Judge Kavanaugh] Qualified For The Role Is A Massive Understatement." "I personally know appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. To call him qualified for the role is a massive understatement." (Pam Bondi, Op-Ed, "Pam Bondi: The Senate Should Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh," The Tampa Bay Times , 7/12/18)
- Bondi: "As A Judge, Kavanaugh Has A Solid Track Record That Reveals A Consistent Fidelity To The U.S. Constitution And A Brilliant Legal Mind." "As a judge, Kavanaugh has a solid track record that reveals a consistent fidelity to the U.S. Constitution and a brilliant legal mind. The people who know him best overwhelmingly agree. Kavanaugh's former law clerks have vouched for the judge's terrific credentials." (Pam Bondi, Op-Ed, "Pam Bondi: The Senate Should Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh," The Tampa Bay Times , 7/12/18)
Lawyer Greg Chernack Said "I Think The World" Of Kavanaugh And His Wife Ashley. "Greg Chernack, chairman of the town council in the Kavanaughs' neighborhood outside Washington, said the Supreme Court nominee was a regular at community events, chatting about his love for the Nationals and Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Chernack, a lawyer, said he found Mr. Trump 'reprehensible' and had concerns about the judiciary. Of Mr. Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy, he said, 'We disagree on things.' Still, he said of Mr. Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, who is the town manager, 'I think the world of both of them.'" (Scott Shane, Steve Eder, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Adam Liptak, Charlie Savage and Ben Protess, "Influential Judge, Loyal Friend, Conservative Warrior - And D.C. Insider," The New York Times , 7/14/18)
Lawyer Jim Brochin Said Of Kavanaugh, "You Knew Right Away That He Was A Very Industrious Person And Student." "Despite the socializing, said Jim Brochin, one of the tight group of housemates and now a lawyer in New York, 'You knew right away that he was a very industrious person and student.'" (Scott Shane, Steve Eder, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Adam Liptak, Charlie Savage and Ben Protess, "Influential Judge, Loyal Friend, Conservative Warrior - And D.C. Insider," The New York Times , 7/14/18)
Legal Scholars Of All Stripes Have Called Judge Kavanaugh "A Thought Leader" And "An Incredibly Decent Person"
Professor Akhil Amar Stated That Judge Kavanaugh Has " Impeccable Credentials, Great Intellect, Unbiased Judgment, And Deep Reverence For The Laws And Constitution Of The United States. " "Last week the president promised to select 'someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States.' In picking Judge Kavanaugh, he has done just that." (Akhil Reed Amar, Op-Ed, "A Liberal's Case For Brett Kavanaugh," The New York Times , 7/9/18)
- Amar Is The Sterling Professor Of Law At Yale Law School Who Teaches Constitutional Law And "Has Been Cited By Supreme Court Justices Across The Spectrum In More Than Three Dozen Cases." "Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than three dozen cases." ("Akhil Reed Amar," Yale Law School , Accessed 7/9/18)
Yale Law School Professor William Eskridge Called Judge Kavanaugh "One Of The Most Learned Judges In America." "'Brett Kavanaugh has been one of the most learned judges in America on a variety of issues, ranging from theories of statutory interpretation to separation of powers,' added William N. Eskridge, Jr. '78, the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence. 'We are proud that he is our graduate and eager to continue to learn from his judicial opinions and scholarly publications.''' ("Brett Kavanaugh '90 Nominated To U.S. Supreme Court," Yale Law School , 7/9/18)
- Eskridge Is The Sixth Most-Cited Law Professor In The Country . (Brian Leiter, "Top Ten Law Faculty (By Area) In Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013," Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings , 6/11/14)
Yale Law School Professor Abbe Gluck Called Kavanaugh "A True Intellectual," "An Incomparable Mentor," And "A Fair-Minded Jurist." "'But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual--a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor--someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law. He is humble, collegial and cares deeply about the federal courts.'" ("Brett Kavanaugh '90 Nominated To U.S. Supreme Court," Yale Law School , 7/9/18)
Harvard Law School Dean And Professor John Manning Thanked Judge Kavanaugh "For The Generosity, Dedication, And Collegiality" And Praised Him For Finding "Extra Time For His Students, Whether To Dig Deeper Into Important Legal Questions Or To Offer Valuable Career Advice." ""I congratulate Judge Kavanaugh on his nomination to the Supreme Court and thank him for his superb teaching at Harvard Law School over the past decade. As the Williston Lecturer on Law, he has brought rigor and openness to his ever-popular courses on Separation of Powers and the Supreme Court. An inspiring teacher and mentor, Judge Kavanaugh has somehow always found extra time for his students, whether to dig deeper into important legal questions or to offer valuable career advice. Let me take this occasion to thank Judge Kavanaugh for the generosity, dedication, and collegiality he has shown our community.'" (Press Release, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh, HLS Williston Lecturer On Law, Nominated To Supreme Court," Harvard Law School , 7/9/18)
Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus Said "Judge Kavanaugh Has Been An Outstanding Member Of Our Teaching Faculty." "Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus '79, who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court, said: 'Judge Kavanaugh has been an outstanding member of our teaching faculty. Our students have benefited enormously from his generous devotion of his time, his skills as a jurist, and his legal acumen.'" (Press Release, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh, HLS Williston Lecturer On Law, Nominated To Supreme Court," Harvard Law School , 7/9/18)
Ernest Young, A Law Professor At Duke University, Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "Very Sophisticated" On The Issue Of States' Rights And "Cares About The State," And "The Idea Of Checks And Balances." "Ernest Young, a Duke University law professor, said Kavanaugh's opinions hint at a judge interested in states' point of view. 'His general, somewhat more skeptical approach toward federal agencies, which a lot of people have talked about, may have an echo in this area by being a little more protective of states' role in these schemes,' Young said. 'But it's just a couple of cases.' In many ways, the details of how the federal system operates would be worked out through federal statute, Young said. 'And so how you approach those statues, which are often ambiguous about the federal structures they're creating, is going to be really important in fixing where the balance is going to be between the states and the national government. My impression is he's very sophisticated about this stuff, cares about the states, cares about the idea of checks and balances.'" (Elaine S. Povich and Alayna Alvarez, "What Kavanaugh Could Mean For States' Rights," The Huntsville Times, 7/15/18)
Dave Kopel, Law Professor At The University Of Denver, Said "No Nominee To The U.S. Supreme Court Has Had Such A Detailed Record On Second Amendment As Does Brett Kavanaugh." "As Second Amendment scholar and University of Denver Law Professor Dave Kopel wrote earlier this week, 'No nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has had such a detailed record on Second Amendment as does Brett Kavanaugh.'" ("Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Earned NRA Members' Support," NRA , 7/13/18)
Hofstra Law Associate Dean And Professor Julian Ku Said Judge Kavanaugh Would Be A "SCOTUS Thought Leader." "My overall take: Kavanaugh has set forth his views on the status of intl law in US law much more clearly than any sitting SCOTUS justice and most federal judges. He would be a SCOTUS thought leader on these issues if he is confirmed.'" (Julian Ku, Twitter Feed , 7/10/18)
Yale Law School Professor Kate Stith Called Kavanaugh "A Terrific Judge," "A Wonderful Mentor And Teacher," And Said His Opinions Are "Smart, Thoughtful, And Clear." "'He is a terrific judge,' said Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law. 'In my federal criminal law class, I love teaching his opinions because they are smart, thoughtful, and clear. He's also been a wonderful mentor and teacher to our students-not just to those who clerk for him, but those who meet with him during one of his many visits to Yale Law School.'" ("Brett Kavanaugh '90 Nominated To U.S. Supreme Court," Yale Law School , 7/9/18)
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Adjunct Professor Jamil Jaffer Said "Judge Kavanaugh Is An Inspired Pick By The President For This Nomination To The Supreme Court." "George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Adjunct Professor Jamil Jaffer: 'Judge Kavanaugh is an inspired pick by the President for this nomination to the Supreme Court.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
University Of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds Said Judge Kavanaugh "Has A Gold-Plated Resume." "Trump's pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a graduate of Yale Law School, has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown, and served in President George W. Bush's administration before being named to the Court of Appeals. Like Trump's prior nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh has a gold-plated resume and Federalist Society credentials. And, also like Gorsuch, he's a former law clerk to Justice Kennedy. (And he was hired to teach at Harvard Law School by then-Dean, now Justice, Elena Kagan)." (Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Op-Ed, "Donald Trump Plays It Safe With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh's Gold-Plated Resume," USA Today , 7/9/18)
Judge Kavanaugh's Former Law Clerks And Work Colleagues Have Spoken Highly Of His Legal Acumen And Judicial Temperament
"Thirty-Four Of Kavanaugh's Former Clerks Wrote A Letter To The Senate Judiciary Committee Praising [Judge Kavanaugh's] Character And Qualifications." "On Tuesday, 34 of Kavanaugh's former clerks wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee praising his character and qualifications, as Kavanaugh visited Congress one day after his nomination." (Ryan Lovelace, "Kavanaugh Confirmation Team Takes Shape, Boosted By Former Clerks," The National Law Journal , 7/11/18)
Andrew Leipold, A Former Colleague, Called Judge Kavanaugh "A Great Colleague," "Very Smart And Incredibly Hard-Working," "Great Attention To Detail," And "Insistence On Getting Things Exactly Right." "'Brett was a great colleague. He was obviously very smart and incredibly hard-working and perhaps most importantly had a great attention to detail and an insistence on getting things exactly right,' said Andrew Leipold, who, with Kavanaugh, was one of the co-writers of the report. 'He was very focused on being fair in our evaluation of what was said - not just it could have meant this or could have meant this but let's take the side of what helps our case. No. It was what is the fair reading of this document. He was an important voice in what went in and how it was shaped and how it was worded,' Leipold added." (Matt Viser, "When Power Of President At Stake, He's On The Case; Kavanaugh Helped Elect Bush, Impeach Clinton, And Soon May Judge Trump," The Boston Globe, 7/15/18)
Former Clerk Gillian Grossman Said Judge Kavanaugh Has A "Herculean Work Ethic," "Extraordinary Intellect," And "Unimpeachable Integrity." "Gillian Grossman: 'My clerkship with Judge Kavanaugh was as much a lesson in graciousness, humility, and compassion as it was in the law. Judge Kavanaugh's herculean work ethic and extraordinary intellect are matched only by his unimpeachable integrity and his love for his country.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Zac Hudson Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "A Brilliant Person Who Has A Deep And Nuanced Understanding Of The Law." "Zac Hudson: 'Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant person who has a deep and nuanced understanding of the law. He judges each case fairly and independently based on an assessment of the facts and arguments with which he is presented. Policy and politics do not alter his approach to judging. This country would be fortunate to have Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Travis Lenkner Said Judge Kavanaugh Is A "Fair, Independent Judge For Whom Fidelity To The Constitution Is The Guiding Light." "Travis Lenkner: 'Judge Kavanaugh is a fair, independent judge for whom fidelity to the Constitution is the guiding light. He has been an incredible mentor to me and to all of his law clerks and students. He is a kind, genuine, down-to-earth person and a devoted husband and father. I know without a doubt that he will be a wonderful Supreme Court Justice.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Jennifer Mascott Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "One Of The Sharpest Legal Minds In The Country." "Jennifer Mascott: 'Judge Kavanaugh has one of the sharpest legal minds in the country. He has been a thought leader on the D.C. Circuit and has served consistently as an independent, fair-minded judge. He is very down-to-earth and kind and I am grateful for his willingness to serve as a mentor to his clerks.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Richard Re Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "A Master Of The Legal Craft." "Richard Re: 'Judge Kavanaugh is a master of the legal craft. His opinions are scholarly, influential, and unyieldingly reasoned. He has already left an important mark on the law, and, if confirmed, he would continue to be a fair-minded voice on the bench.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Hagan Scotten Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "A Great Judge" Whose "Dedication To His Students Was Legendary." "Hagan Scotten: 'Judge Kavanaugh is a great judge who will make a great Justice. I learned a ton from Judge Kavanaugh even before I clerked for him, when I took a class he taught at my law school. He taught with the knowledge and clarity of the best professors. And his dedication to his students was legendary.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Rebecca Taibleson Said Judge Kavanaugh Is "A Brilliant Judge," "Even-Handed, Kind, And Honest." "Rebecca Taibleson: 'Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant judge, and he has the disposition to match. He is even-handed, kind, and honest with everyone-colleagues, litigants, and staff alike.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Caroline Van Zile Said "Americans Should Be Proud To Have Someone With [Judge Kavanaugh's] Independence, Integrity And Character On The Bench." "Caroline Van Zile: 'Judge Kavanaugh is incredibly qualified to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Beyond that, he is a good, kind and fair-minded person. Americans should be proud to have someone with his independence, integrity and character on the bench.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Former Clerk Amy Chua, A Law Professor At Yale, Said Judge Kavanaugh "Actively Seeks Out Clerks From Across The Ideological Spectrum Who Will Question And Disagree With Him." "Many judges use ideological tests in hiring clerks. Judge Kavanaugh could not be more different. While his top consideration when hiring is excellence-top-of-the-class grades, intellectual rigor-he actively seeks out clerks from across the ideological spectrum who will question and disagree with him. He wants to hear other perspectives before deciding a case. Above all, he believes in the law and wants to figure out, without prejudging, what it requires." (Amy Chua, Op-Ed, "Kavanaugh Is A Mentor To Women," The Wall Street Journal , 7/12/18)
Chua Stated That Judge Kavanaugh's Former Clerks Have Praised Him For His "Legendary Work Ethic," "His Commitment To Excellence," His "Humility," And His "Decency". "In the past decade, I have helped place 10 Yale Law School students with Judge Kavanaugh, eight of them women. I recently emailed them to ask about their clerkship experiences. They all responded almost instantaneously. They cited his legendary work ethic ("He expected us to work really hard, but there was always one person working harder than us-the Judge"), his commitment to excellence ("he wants every opinion that comes out of his chambers to be perfect; it is not uncommon to go through 30-50 drafts"), his humility ("He can take a great joke just as easily as he can land one"), and his decency ("I've never seen him be rude to anyone in the building")." (Amy Chua, Op-Ed, "Kavanaugh Is A Mentor To Women," The Wall Street Journal , 7/12/18)
Judge Kavanaugh Has Been Praised For Being An Advocate For Women In The Judiciary
Susan Engel, A Former Colleague Of Judge Kavanaugh, Said "Brett Is A Devoted Father To Two Daughters, Someone Who Has Mentored And Supported The Careers Of Many Women Lawyers, And Someone Who Has Always Treated Women With Respect." "Susan Engel, a law clerk for Kozinski in 2000 and 2001, later clerked for the now-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She worked with Kavanaugh at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. 'Brett is a devoted father to two daughters, someone who has mentored and supported the careers of many women lawyers, and someone who has always treated women with respect,' Engel said in a statement." (Fred Lucas, Op-Ed, "Female Colleagues Defend Kavanaugh Against Feminist Group's 'Smear,'" The Daily Signal , 7/14/18)
A Former Clerk Of Judge Kavanaugh, Katie Wellington, Said "The Year I Clerked For Judge Kavanaugh, He Had Hired Four Female Law Clerks-A First For Any Judge On The D.C. Circuit." "Katie Wellington: 'The year I clerked for Judge Kavanaugh, he had hired four female law clerks-a first for any Judge on the D.C. Circuit. Today, he is a mentor to each of us as we pursue careers in public service, private practice, and academia.'" (Press Release, "The Legal Community Is Giving Rave Reviews To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court," The White House , 7/12/18)
Chua: "But For My Own Daughter, There Is No Judge I Would Trust More Than Brett Kavanaugh To Be, In One Former Clerk's Words, 'A Teacher, Advocate, And Friend." "If the judge is confirmed, my daughter will probably be looking for a different clerkship. But for my own daughter, there is no judge I would trust more than Brett Kavanaugh to be, in one former clerk's words, 'a teacher, advocate, and friend.'" (Amy Chua, Op-Ed, "Kavanaugh Is A Mentor To Women," The Wall Street Journal , 7/12/18)
Eighteen Female Former Law Clerks Of Judge Kavanaugh Said He Achieved "Rare Gender Parity" On The Court Of Appeals For The D.C. Circuit, Hiring 25 Women And 23 Men Clerks. "Eighteen female former law clerks of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the nominee is a strong supporter of women in the legal profession. The women said Judge Kavanaugh achieved 'rare gender parity' on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, hiring 25 women and 23 men as law clerks." (Dave Boyer, "Female Former Law Clerks Of Judge Kavanaugh Say He's An Advocate For Women," The Washington Times , 7/12/18)
- Judge Kavanaugh's Former Female Law Clerks Said He Has Done "Important Work" To Remedy Gender Disparities. "Judge Kavanaugh's former law clerks said they're well aware 'that women in the workplace still face challenges, inequality, and even harassment.' But they said the Judiciary Committee and the American public 'should be aware of the important work Judge Kavanaugh has done to remedy those disparities.'" (Dave Boyer, "Female Former Law Clerks Of Judge Kavanaugh Say He's An Advocate For Women," The Washington Times , 7/12/18)
The Clerks Said Judge Kavanaugh "Has Been One Of The Strongest Advocates In The Federal Judiciary For Women Lawyers." "'In our view, the judge has been one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers,' they said, calling him a 'dedicated mentor' to all his law clerks. 'It is not an exaggeration to say that we would not be the professors, prosecutors, public officials, and appellate advocates we are today without his enthusiastic encouragement and unwavering support,' they wrote." (Dave Boyer, "Female Former Law Clerks Of Judge Kavanaugh Say He's An Advocate For Women," The Washington Times , 7/12/18)
COMMENTATORS AND JOURNALISTS HAVE APPLAUDED KAVANAUGH'S QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTER
Papers Around The Country Have Published Rave Reviews In Favor Of Judge Kavanaugh
Chicago Tribune : "[Judge] Kavanaugh's Record Suggests That By These Standards, He's Highly Qualified." " Kavanaugh's record suggests that by these standards, he's highly qualified. In 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which deals with especially complex regulatory cases, he's authored some 300 decisions. Taken as a body of work, they reflect a great allegiance to the words of the Constitution. By the time he faces a confirmation hearing, backers and foes of his nomination will have scrutinized his every word." (Editorial Board, Opinion, "Editorial: Judging Judge Kavanaugh," Chicago Tribune , 7/9/18)
- The Chicago Tribune: Judge Kavanaugh Is "An Experienced Jurist Of Strong Character And Principles." "In picking Kavanaugh, Trump is nominating an experienced jurist of strong character and principles. Now senators will vet him and decide whether he's worthy of the highest court in the land." (Editorial Board, Opinion, "Editorial: Judging Judge Kavanaugh," Chicago Tribune , 7/9/18)
The Intelligencer (WV) Judge Kavanaugh Has Said That If Confirmed To The Supreme Court, His Allegiance Will Be To The Constitution As Written, Not To His Personal Preferences. "Kavanaugh has said that if confirmed to the Supreme Court, his allegiance will be to the Constitution as it is written, not to his personal preferences. That is precisely what the nation needs." sEditorial Board, Opinion, "Manchin Should Back Nominee," The Intelligencer , 7/11/18)
- The Intelligencer : "That, Not Any Single Issue, Ought To Be Manchin's Concern." "That, not how Kavanaugh may rule on any single issue, ought to be Manchin's concern. And if he determines the nominee will be an impartial arbiter, Manchin should vote for confirmation." (Editorial Board, Opinion, "Manchin Should Back Nominee," The Intelligencer , 7/11/18)
Boston Herald Editorial Board: "Kavanaugh Is A Solid Pick For The Supreme Court. He Is A True Conservative And Considered A Brilliant Thinker By His Contemporaries." "Kavanaugh is a solid pick for the Supreme Court. He is a true conservative and considered a brilliant thinker by his contemporaries." (Editorial Board, Opinion, "Editorial: Nix The Toxic, Give Brett Kavanaugh A Shot," Boston Herald , 7/10/18)
NYT's Bret Stephens: Judge Kavanaugh Is A "Temperate," "Intelligent" Nominee And "A Plurality Of Americans Already Want Kavanaugh Confirmed." "A plurality of Americans already want Kavanaugh confirmed, according to a Rasmussen poll. The numbers will likely improve once Americans get a closer look at this temperate, intelligent, decidedly non-scary nominee. And Democrats will again play to type as mindless obstructionists and one-note alarmists - the same overheated opposition that only hardens support for Trump." (Bret Stephens, Op-Ed, "Just Confirm Kavanaugh," The New York Times , 7/12/18)
Antonio Fins (FL): Judge Kavanaugh's Opinions Are "Well Done." "That opinion shows Kavanaugh to be an 'institutional conservative' like Chief Justice John Roberts than an 'ideological conservative' like Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. 'He's not been a political animal [on the bench],' said Kende. 'His opinions, whether you like them or not, are really well done.'" (Antonio Fins, "Brett Kavanaugh Florida Ties: Elian, 2000 Vote Recount, Terri Schiavo," The Palm Beach Post , 7/10/18)
Nelson Diaz (FL): "Judge Kavanaugh Stands For The Values That Our Founding Fathers Built The Country On." "Judge Kavanaugh sits on the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals and has dedicated 25 of the last 28 years to serving the American people. This nominee is deeply respected by the Supreme Court because he is a brilliant, experienced judge who will apply the law as written and enforce the text, structure, and original understanding of the Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh stands for the values that our Founding Fathers built the country on." (Nelson Diaz, Op-Ed, "For Kavanaugh," The Miami Herald , 7/13/18)
The Lowell Sun (MA): "What Democrats Cannot Question Is [ Judge] Kavanaugh's Credentials." "What Democrats cannot question is Brett Kavanaugh's credentials. Kavanaugh, 53, a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, has served on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. While on that court -- considered this nation's second most influential -- he's written hundreds of opinions that Democrats will undoubtedly scrutinize, looking for damaging examples of his conservative judicial temperament." (Editorial Board, "Editorial: Senate Approval Of Kavanaugh Makes Sense -- Even For Democrats," The Lowell Sun , 7/12/18)
The Lowell Sun Wrote That "Democrats Should Put Politics Aside And Vote To Make Him The Ninth Member Of The Supreme Court." "Brett Kavanaugh presents the most palatable option Democrats could have expected. After all the drama and histrionics, sensible Democrats should put politics aside and vote to make him the ninth member of the Supreme Court." (Editorial Board, "Editorial: Senate Approval Of Kavanaugh Makes Sense -- Even For Democrats," The Lowell Sun , 7/12/18)
The Union Leader (NH) Described Judge Kavanaugh As "An Experienced, Well-Qualified Pick." "Kavanaugh is an experienced, well-qualified pick, and would have easily won confirmation if that were the criteria used." (Editorial Board, "Qualified Kavanaugh: A Prudent Pick For The Court," The Union Leader , 7/10/18)
The Post And Courier (SC) Editorial: "Brett Kavanaugh Is A Highly Qualified 'Originalist' Who Will Help Return The Supreme Court To Its Proper Function In American Society." "Brett Kavanaugh is a highly qualified 'originalist' who will help return the Supreme Court to its proper function in American society. The Senate should quickly confirm him. Judge Kavanaugh, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the nation's top appellate court, fits President Donald Trump's promise to appoint judges known to adhere strictly to the original language of the Constitution and its amendments, and to closely follow the law as laid down by Congress." (Editorial, "Kavanaugh The Right Choice," The Post And Courier , 7/10/18)
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Editorial Board: "If One Were To Create An Ideal Résumé For The Position Of Supreme Court Justice, It Would Not Look Terribly Different From Brett Michael Kavanaugh's Curriculum Vitae." "If one were to create an ideal résumé for the position of Supreme Court justice, it would not look terribly different from Brett Michael Kavanaugh's curriculum vitae. President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy is more than qualified for the job. The 53-year-old Yale Law School graduate has spent more than a decade on the U.S. Court of Appeals. He held top posts in President George W. Bush's administration and is a former law clerk to retiring Justice Kennedy. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown law schools." (Editorial Board, "A Good And Decent Choice For Supreme Court Justice," Richmond Times-Dispatch , 7/10/18)
The Detroit News Editorial: "Brett Kavanaugh Is An Intelligent And Deliberate Judge ." "Brett Kavanaugh is an intelligent and deliberate judge who is poised to become a conservative thought leader on the U.S. Supreme court. His record on the appellate court suggests that President Trump's nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy will maintain a commitment to interpreting the law as it is written, and not how he may wish it had been crafted." (Editorial, "Kavanaugh's Record Defies Challenge," The Detroit News , 7/10/18)
Commentators And Journalists Have Said Kavanaugh Is "Distinguished" And "Belongs On The Bench"
MSNBC's Megyn Kelly Said Judge Kavanaugh "Belongs On That Bench." MSNBC's MEGYN KELLY: "To me I find this so irritating. I have covered wall-to-wall the confirmation hearings in D.C. Chief Justice John Roberts, of Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, Sotomayer. I looked at this going back in history. Scalia was confirmed by 98-0, two people were missing that day. Scalia, who was obviously hard right. Ellena Kagan, Sotomayer, confirmed with high 60s vote, 67 for one, 63 for the other. The Democrats lost this fight on November 8th, 2016. The only question now is whether Brett Kavanaugh is qualified to take this office or is so radical that no reasonable would put him on the Supreme Court. Trump deserve his choice just like Obama deserved his choices. Sotomayer belongs on that bench, so does Kagan, so does Kavanaugh. What about the last choice? That's political maneuvering. You can appreciate why a lot of folks on the left, you can appreciate why they are still carrying around that. They're bitter. They should have taken out their bitterness November 8th, 2016." PBS's AMY HOLMES: "They may want payback. Is Kavanaugh qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice? Let's also remember that when he was confirmed to the D.C. circuit court he got 57 votes in the United States Senate. Democrats voted for him then." (NBC's " Megyn Kelly Today ," 7/11/18)
NBC's Chuck Todd Called Judge Kavanaugh A "Very Confirmable Pick." MSNBC's CHUCK TODD "But let me tell you this overall Lester, I think this is a pick, that is a very confirmable pick. Brett Kavanaugh has already gotten the support once of the two moderate Republican Senators Murkowski and Collins, he'll likely get it again." (NBC News, "Special Report," 7/9/18)
MSNBC's Chris Hayes Called Judge Kavanaugh "Someone Who [Has] Punched All The Tickets," And "Cut Of That Same Cloth" As Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. MSNBC's CHRIS HAYES: "My reaction, twofold. One, I'm not surprised. It seemed like this was the most Gorsuch like pick of the bunch. Someone who had punched all the tickets. All the elite credentials and who has spent his life in conservative right wing legal circles in which people can be to get a suitor. There is an entire infrastructure built up on the right to create processes, associations, pipelines of cultivation, to make sure that they get conservative justices appointed by Republicans who end up ruling in ways that align with their policy preferences and their constitutional theories and they've gotten very good at it. Gorsuch has performed the first few years on the court and I think Kavanaugh is cut of that same cloth." (MSNBC's, "All In With Chris Hayes," 7/9/18)
Sinclair Broadcast Group's Boris Epshteyn: "[Judge] Kavanaugh Is A Constitutionalist And Will Uphold The Rule Of Law." "Kavanaugh is immensely qualified for the high court. He served as a Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Kennedy after attending Yale University and Yale Law School. Kavanaugh also worked in the Bush White House. The more conservative Republicans may not be thrilled with the selection. However, it is important to understand that Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist and will uphold the rule of law." (Boris Epshteyn, Op-Ed, "Brett Kavanaugh Most Confirmable SCOTUS Candidate," Sinclair Broadcast Group , 7/10/18)
- Boris Stated That Judge Kavanaugh's "Decisions Don't Seem Affected By Any Political Ideology." "Moderate Republicans are big fans of Kavanaugh's because he has described Roe v. Wade as 'binding precedent' and his decisions don't seem affected by any political ideology. That position on Roe and the fact that Kavanaugh has been noncommittal on Obamacare's individual mandate provisions put a lot pressure on Democrat Senators in Conservative states such as Senators Manchin from West Virginia, Heitkamp from North Dakota and Donnelly from Indiana to vote for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation." (Boris Epshteyn, Op-Ed, "Brett Kavanaugh Most Confirmable SCOTUS Candidate," Sinclair Broadcast Group , 7/10/18)
Karl Rove Called Judge Kavanaugh "A Strong Conservative Judge Who Will Strictly Apply The Law." KARL ROVE: "Well, he'll be a strong conservative judge who will strictly apply the law. But -- but, guess what, let's go back a little bit of history. With Democrat Bill Clinton nominated to liberals, Ginsburg and Breyer to the Supreme Court, 93 percent of Republican senators supported Ginsberg, 79 percent supported Breyer. When Bush go, in, the Democrats began to filibuster his picks beginning with Miguel Estrada, fearful that his being seated on the D.C. Circuit would set up a future the Supreme Court." (Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," 7/15/18)
Townhall's Linda Chavez: "The Nomination Of Judge Kavanaugh For The U.S. Supreme Court Is A Welcome Move." "The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court is a welcome move." (Linda Chavez, Op-Ed, "Don't Play Politics With Kavanaugh Appointment," Townhall , 7/13/18)
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