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Civil rights groups are applauding President Barack Obama's nomination Thursday night of Debo Adegbile, one of their own, to head the Department of Justice civil rights division.
"Debo Adegbile is one of the pre-eminent civil rights litigators of his generation," said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who led a telephone conference call today on the nomination. Henderson said he hopes and expects the Senate to confirm Adegbile for the position swiftly and with bipartisan support.
"We are absolutely thrilled that President Obama nominated one of our very own," said Leslie Proll, director of the Washington office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) where Adegbile worked for a decade.
Adegbile, 46, would be the fourth head of the civil rights division with LDF experience, following in the footsteps of Drew Days III, Deval Patrick and Bill Lann Lee. Sherrilyn Ifill, the current president and director counsel of the fund, said Adegbile is superbly qualified for the "critical work" of the division because of his "deep experience and understanding of civil rights litigation and civil rights law."
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Subject: My vote on Judge Roberts' nomination
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 16:37:05 -0400
Dear Dr. Ajanaku:
You recently wrote to me concerning the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Yesterday, I spoke on the Senate floor regarding Judge Roberts’ nomination. The reasons I decided to vote to confirm him are set forth in my statement, which can be found on my website at [http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/release...
Subject: Re: Your Concerns
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 11:38:47 -0400
Dear Dr. Ajanaku:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this very important matter.
The Constitution created checks and balances among the three branches of government. Article II of the Constitution gives the President the authority to nominate individuals to the Supreme Court and to other federal courts, and it gives the Senate the important responsibility of carefully evaluating judicial nominees and exercising independent judgment in deciding whether or not to confirm them. The Senate’s constitutional obligation to advise and consent on the President's nominations to the federal judiciary is particularly important given that these are lifetime positions.
As you may know, Harriet Miers currently serves as the White House Counsel for President Bush. In addition, she has held several other positions under President Bush, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Staff Secretary. From 1995 to 2000, Harriet Miers served under then Governor Bush as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. Ms. Miers has also spent portions of her career as a commercial litigator, President of the Dallas Bar Association, President of the Texas State Bar, and a member of the Dallas City Council.
Justices on the Supreme Court make decisions that directly affect the lives of millions of Americans. I take the Senate’s constitutional role to ‘advise and consent’ very seriously. This is one of the most challenging and important decisions I am called upon as a U.S. Senator to make. I am reviewing Harriet Miers record and will closely follow her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee before reaching a decision on her nomination.
Thank you again for contacting me.
Subject: Correspondence from Senator Sam Brownback
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 11:35:02 -0500
Dear Dr. Ajanaku:
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding Judge Samuel Alito, President Bush's nominee to serve on the United States Supreme Court. There is no better guide for making tough decisions than hearing from the people whom I serve.
I take the duty of confirming Presidential nominations in the U.S. Senate very seriously. The Constitution gives the Senate the responsibility of scrutinizing the President's nominees and ensuring that they are well qualified and capable of carrying out their duties effectively for the American people. In a time when judges routinely legislate from the bench and create policies that have not been approved by Congress, this means that, in addition to the nominee's legal credentials, judicial philosophy should also be the criteria by which the Senate determines his or her qualifications to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
Judge Alito certainly possesses the legal credentials necessary to serve on the Supreme Court. He has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1990, when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Prior to this service, Judge Alito served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecuted white collar and environmental crimes, drug trafficking, organized crime, and violations of civil rights. Moreover, he has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, and numerous others before the federal courts of appeals.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, has scheduled Judge Alito's hearings for the second week in January, 2006. During those hearings, I intend to question Judge Alito to better understand whether he possesses a modest judicial philosophy in keeping with the Constitution, or an expansive view of the federal judiciary. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as the confirmation process moves forward.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. You are the reason that I am here, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance and feel free to visit my website at brownback.senate.gov for information on the issues on which I am working.
United States Senator
Subject: Re: Judicial Nominations
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 09:41:18 -0400
Dear Dr. ajanaku:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States . I appreciate hearing from you.
John Roberts is regarded as one of the brightest legal minds of his generation. He currently serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court that is commonly viewed as the second most powerful and prestigious court in the nation.
Roberts attended Harvard College , and then studied at Harvard Law graduating magna cum laude. He clerked for Judge Friendly of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Associate Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court.
Following his clerkships, Judge Roberts served as a special assistant to the Attorney General at the Department of Justice where he dealt with constitutional and law enforcement issues. He moved to the Reagan White House where he served as Associate White House Counsel before returning to the Department of Justice to become Deputy Solicitor General in the Administration of George H.W. Bush.
In 1992, Judge Roberts began his private law practice, in constitutional and appellate law. On behalf of his clients, he has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court.
In 2001, President Bush nominated Judge Roberts to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At his confirmation hearing, the American Bar Association gave Judge Roberts its highest rating of "unanimous well-qualified." This rating is reserved for nominees who are at the top of the legal profession, have the utmost integrity, and demonstrate proper judicial temperament. For this judicial nomination, the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Roberts.
As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to ensuring Judge Roberts receives a thorough and fair confirmation hearing. Decisions by the Supreme Court can have a significant impact, and because of this, I take the Senate's role in the confirmation process very seriously.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office or visit my website at http://specter.senate.gov . Thank you again for writing.