Members of Supreme Court bar vouch for Gorsuch

Members of Supreme Court bar vouch for Gorsuch
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Members of the Supreme Court bar are backing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to become the next justice.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Hydroxychloroquine ineffective in preventing COVID-19, study finds | WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine clinical research | WHO says no evidence coronavirus is mutating Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Bipartisan lawmakers press Trump administration to get COVID-19 aid to Medicaid providers MORE (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinRosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Democrats aim to amend Graham subpoena to include Trump allies Graham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing MORE (D-Calif.), 31 members of the Supreme Court bar voiced their support for Gorsuch to be confirmed to the vacant seat left open by the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.   

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“Fairminded, dedicated, smart, and unfailingly polite, Judge Gorsuch is someone all of us would be pleased to appear before,” said the letter, signed among others by Lisa Blatt, who heads the appellate division at Arnold & Porter; Kaye Scholer; Roy Englert, an appellate and antitrust lawyer at Robbins Russell; and David Frederick, a partner at Kellog, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick and former assistant to the solicitor general in the Department of Justice,

“He is principled in his approach to the law, but also keenly aware of practical consequences. He is a thoroughly kind and decent person.” 

The group said many of them have either worked with Gorsuch, litigated against him or argued before him in court.

“We hold a broad range of political, policy and jurisprudential views,” they wrote. “But we are unified in offering our support of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.” 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings to consider Gorsuch's nomination on March 20.