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Former Colleagues & Law Clerks <3 Gorsuch

- February 14, 2017

 As Gorsuch Courts The Senate, The Praise By His Friends, Former Colleagues And Previous Law Clerks Is Helping To Overrule Any Objections To His Nomination


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Former colleagues and fellow members of the legal community have praised Judge Gorsuch as a great judge and a man of upstanding character who would be ideally suited to sit on the Supreme Court.
  • People who know Judge Gorsuch personally have said he is "unfailingly cordial and collegial," "sincere, humble and devoted," "incredibly intelligent," "principled," and "a really authentic, genuine person."
  • From a legal perspective, former colleagues have said that Judge Gorsuch is a "brilliant thinker" and a "distinguished jurist" who "will fit very well into the current court" because he is well-known and respected.

BEYOND COMMENDING JUDGE GORSUCH'S IMPRESSIVE RECORD, THOSE WHO KNOW HIM BEST HAVE MADE A POINT TO UPHOLD AND PRAISE HIS CHARACTER

Former Colleagues And Law Clerks Have Said That Judge Gorsuch Is "Principled," "Humble," "Incredibly Intelligent," And "Sincere" Among A Variety Of Other Compliments

Gorsuch's Former Legal Partner Mark Hansen: "He's An Affable, Collegial Unpretentious Man" In Whom "Liberals Will Find Very Little To Fault." "'I think the conservatives will love him and the liberals will find very little to fault,' said Mark Hansen, a former partner of Gorsuch at Kellogg Huber Hansen. 'He's an affable, collegial, unpretentious man with a good sense of humor.'" (Ariane de Vogue, "How Neil Gorsuch Could End Up As Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee," CNN , 1/25/17)

  • Hansen: Gorsuch Has Shown "Resilience," "Strength," And "Steadfastness." "'If adversity shows the true character of a person, then Neil showed his resilience, his strength and steadfastness,' Hansen said of how Gorsuch handled a difficult case." (Elizabeth Aguilera, "10 th Circuit Judge's Oath A Family Affair," The Denver Post , 1/24/17)

Former Federal Judge Michael McConnell, Who Previously Served With Judge Gorsuch On The 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals: "In My Opinion, Based On My Personal Knowledge Of Neil Gorsuch As A Judge, The President Could Not Have Made A Finer Appointment." (Michael McConnell, "I Served With Judge Gorsuch. This Is My Reflection On His Character," The Hill , 2/10/17)

  • McConnell Described Judge Gorsuch's Character As Defined By "Intellectual Seriousness," An "Open And Gracious Personality" Who "Treats Everyone With Respect." "I first met Judge Gorsuch in 2006. I was immediately struck by his intellectual seriousness and his open and gracious personality. He treats everyone with respect. Not just fellow judges, but lawyers, law clerks, and court personnel-everyone. When discussing a point of law, Gorsuch listens and learns. He does not act as if he always knows the answers. I have seen him change his mind as a result of discussion." (Michael McConnell, "I Served With Judge Gorsuch. This Is My Reflection On His Character," The Hill , 2/10/17)
  • McConnell Elaborated On How Judge Gorsuch "Actively Engages With Lawyers" In Court Proceedings, And Would "Engage In A Mutually Respectful Exchange Of Ideas" In Discussions With Fellow Judges. "This quality of mind is particularly evident during oral arguments in court. Unlike some judges who treat oral arguments as a chance to make their own points, Gorsuch actively engages with lawyers, listens carefully to their positions, asks penetrating questions, and reflects fair-mindedly on what they have to say. Afterward, in the conference room with the other judges on the panel, he would similarly engage in a mutually respectful exchange of ideas. Never did I hear him speak dogmatically, or lose his temper, or allow any considerations to intrude other than good faith interpretations of the law." (Michael McConnell, "I Served With Judge Gorsuch. This Is My Reflection On His Character," The Hill , 2/10/17)
  • "Judge Gorsuch Is Unfailingly Cordial And Collegial, Not As A Mere Matter Of Etiquette, But In The Deeper Sense Of Intellectual Engagement Even With, Or Perhaps Especially With, Colleagues With Whom He Might Not Be In Agreement." (Michael McConnell, "I Served With Judge Gorsuch. This Is My Reflection On His Character," The Hill , 2/10/17)
  • McConnell: "The Best Description Of Gorsuch Is That He Is A Constitutionalist Rather Than A Partisan." "The best description of Gorsuch is that he is a constitutionalist rather than a partisan. In the years ahead of us, when a set of issues will arise that the country has never seen before, this is exactly the kind of justice Americans of all political stripes should hope for." (Michael McConnell, "I Served With Judge Gorsuch. This Is My Reflection On His Character," The Hill , 2/10/17)

Jonathan Papik, Who Formerly Clerked For Judge Gorsuch: Judge Gorsuch Is A "Principled, Hard-Working, Humble And Kind Man." "Having had the privilege to serve as a law clerk to Judge Gorsuch, I can personally attest to his legal brilliance. But if attention on Judge Gorsuch is focused solely on his jurisprudence, the public will not have a full picture of him, for a complete picture of Judge Gorsuch cannot be painted without a consideration of his character - that he is a principled, hard-working, humble and kind man." (Jonathan Papik, "Judge Neil Gorsuch Is A Man Of Integrity And Compassion," Morning Consult , 2/10/17)

  • Papik Praised Gorsuch's "Integrity" And Tireless Work Ethic. "Anyone who works for Judge Gorsuch also quickly comes to see his integrity. Regardless of the issue before him, all arguments are given fair consideration and cases are never politicized. He works tirelessly to not only reach the result that the law compels but to explain his reasoning in a way that the litigants, their lawyers, and the public can clearly understand (and maybe even enjoy reading)." (Jonathan Papik, "Judge Neil Gorsuch Is A Man Of Integrity And Compassion," Morning Consult , 2/10/17)

Former Supreme Court Attorney And Legal Blogger Michelle Olsen: "Judge Gorsuch Will Fit Very Well Into The Current Court. The Justices Know And Respect Him." "Judge Gorsuch will fit very well into the current court. The justices know and respect him." ("What Could Gorsuch Mean For The Supreme Court?" Politico Magazine , 2/1/17)

University Of Colorado Law School Dean S. James Anaya: Gorsuch Is A "Distinguished Jurist… Our Students And Alumni Are Fortunate That He Has Taught And Continues To Teach In Our Classrooms." "In a statement, law school Dean S. James Anaya called Gorsuch a 'distinguished jurist… our students and alumni are fortunate that he has taught and continues to teach in our classrooms.'" (Trevor Hughes, "What Judge Neil Gorsuch's Colorado Colleagues Think Of Him," USA Today , 1/31/17)

Former White House Lawyer John Adams: Gorsuch Is "Incredibly Intelligent," "Polished," "Kind," "Gracious," And A "Wonderful Pick." JOHN ADAMS: "But I think like the American people saw last night, he's an incredibly intelligent man, but he's also a very kind, gracious and polished person. And so he's certainly not a Scalia clone in the sense he has some views that are different than the late justice. But he's a wonderful, wonderful pick for the administration, and I think the American people are going to not only respect his credentials, but as they get to know him, they're going to like him." (CNN'S "Newsroom," 2/1/17)

  • Adams Was Previously A Clerk With Judge Gorsuch. FOX BUSINESS' STUART VARNEY: "Our next guest many years ago was a clerk with Judge Gorsuch, former White House associate counsel John Adams, with a great name, is with us today. John, welcome to the program, good to see you." JOHN ADAMS: "Good to see you Stewart." VARNEY: "You heard Leader Pelosi say outside the mainstream of American law, what do you say since you know Judge Gorsuch?" ("Fmr. White House Law Clerk: I Know Judge Gorsuch And He's A Brilliant Pick," Fox Business , 2/1/17)

Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister: Gorsuch Is "Very Diligent, Fair, And Intelligent." ANCHOR: "Professor Stephen McAllister says he is confident Gorsuch will be a fair justice." STEPHEN MCALLISTER: "He's a very diligent, fair, and intelligent person who will be very careful. He always is about every case. So he's not somebody who just says I know how I want this to come out. How do I get there? He's much more I've got to look at the text, I've got to look at the history. I'll look at the cases, what am I supposed to do as a judge?" (KCTV's "KCTV 5 News this Morning," 2/1/17)

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  • McAllister: "I Have Known Judge Gorsuch For Many Years… And We've Maintained In Contact Over The Years About Various Topics." "'I have known Judge Gorsuch for many years, in part because we both clerked for Justice Byron White, he shortly after me, and we've remained in contact over the years about various topics, including law clerks, hiring and events involving his court, the Tenth Circuit. He is an outstanding nominee,' McAllister said." ("Law Professor Who Clerked With Gorsuch Can Discuss 'Outstanding Nominee' To Supreme Court, Upcoming Confirmation Battle," The University Of Kansas , 2/1/17)

Jessica Greenstone, Who Formerly Clerked For Judge Gorsuch: "Judge Gorsuch Is A Sincere, Humble And Devoted Steward Of The Law Who Has A Demonstrated Record Of Faithfully Upholding Our Constitutional Rights. He Deserves Our Support." (Jessica Greenstone, "I'm A Moderate For Gorsuch: Former Law Clerk," USA Today , 2/13/17)

  • "From Personal Experience, I Can Add That The Judge Deliberately Sought Clerks With Diverse Perspectives And Encouraged Open Debates To Reach The Best Conclusion." (Jessica Greenstone, "I'm A Moderate For Gorsuch: Former Law Clerk," USA Today , 2/13/17)
  • "The Judge's Commitment To Being Objective And Deliberating On All Issues Before Him Is Further Demonstrated By The Support He Has Received From His Left-Leaning Colleagues Who Have Worked With Him." "The judge's commitment to being objective and deliberating on all issues before him is further demonstrated by the support he has received from his left-leaning colleagues who have worked with him. These respected liberal colleagues specifically note his commitment to understanding the diverse perspectives on an issue, and his collegiality." (Jessica Greenstone, "I'm A Moderate For Gorsuch: Former Law Clerk," USA Today , 2/13/17)

Three Lawyers Who Previously Clerked For Judge Gorsuch And Justice Scalia Said That "In Choosing A Successor To Justice Antonin Scalia, The President Could Not Have Made A Better Choice Than Judge Neil Gorsuch." "In choosing a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, the president could not have made a better choice than Judge Neil Gorsuch. We can say that with confidence because we have had the honor to serve as law clerks to both men." (Michael E. Kenneally, Matt Owen, And Eric Tung, "A Principled And Courageous Choice," US News & World Report , 2/13/17)

  • Judge Gorsuch "Is A Brilliant Thinker, A Fair And Independent Judge And A Clear And Effective Communicator Of Important Ideas." "Although no one can replace the Justice, we can think of no one more worthy of his seat than Judge Gorsuch. He is a brilliant thinker, a fair and independent judge and a clear and effective communicator of important ideas." (Michael E. Kenneally, Matt Owen, And Eric Tung, "A Principled And Courageous Choice," US News & World Report , 2/13/17)

Denver Constitutional Lawyer Richard Westfall, Who Clerked With Gorsuch, Said He Is "Incredibly Bright" And "Very Gracious." "Richard Westfall, a Denver lawyer who specializes in constitutional law, knows Gorsuch from the late 1980s, when both worked in a Washington law firm. Both were clerks for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White and have kept in touch. Westfall said Gorsuch is 'incredibly bright' and characterized him as a 'principled conservative,' one who cares about people. 'He's conservative in views,' Westfall said, 'but very gracious and personable by disposition.'" (Alicia Caldwell, "Neil Gorsuch Is Pick For U.S. Appeals Court," The Denver Post , 1/24/17)

University Of Colorado Law Professor Who Teaches With Judge Gorsuch And Democrat Melissa Hart: Gorsuch "Just Treats People Well In Every Context." "'He has very strong opinions, but he just treats people well in every context,' said Melissa Hart, a University of Colorado law professor. She is a Democrat who clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in 2010." (Robert Barnes, "Neil Gorsuch Naturally Equipped For His Spot On Trump's Supreme Court Shortlist," The Washington Post ¸ 1/28/17)

  • Hart: Gorsuch Has "Smarts And Intellectual Seriousness." "If Gorsuch does join the bench, she expects she will disagree with many of his rulings, but predicts he has the 'smarts and intellectual seriousness' to become a 'shaper of the court.'" (Andrew Hamm, "Judge Neil Gorsuch - Colorado Native And Washington, D.C., Veteran," SCOTUSBlog , 1/30/17)
  • Hart: Gorsuch "Will Work To Try To Form Consensus On The Court." ANCHOR: "Gorsuch was also a teacher at the University of Colorado's law school in boulder. Melissa Hart, a fellow professor at that school, says that while she may not always agree with his conclusions, she knows he reaches them through an honest intellectual process." MELISSA HART: "I think he will work to try to form consensus on the court. He knows what it means to work in a group of people to reach a decision. And although I don't think he's going to compromise on his principles, I think he will be someone who reaches to other people to try to form consensus." (KKTV's "11 News At 6 AM," 2/1/17)

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Oklahoma City University Law School Dean Valerie Couch: Gorsuch Is "Supremely Well Qualified For The Supreme Court" And "He's A Really Authentic, Genuine Person." "'He's a really authentic, genuine person and cares a lot about the legal profession, so I think his visit here made a big impression,' she said. 'I think he's supremely well qualified for the Supreme Court.'" (Randy Ellis, "Federal Appellate Judge With Oklahoma Ties Among Top U.S. Supreme Court Candidates," The Oklahoman, 1/29/17)

  • Couch Met Judge Gorsuch In 2010 When He Was A Part Of The Oklahoma City University's Jurist-In-Residence Program, And Said That "He Was Just A Wonderful Visitor And Spent So Much Time With Our Faculty And Students." "In 2010, Gorsuch came to Oklahoma City University for three days to serve in the law school's jurist-in-residence program, said Valerie Couch, the law school's dean. "Periodically we bring a judge to our law school and the judge meets with our students, goes to classes and has workshops," said Couch, a former federal magistrate judge in Oklahoma City. Judge Gorsuch and two other judges held actual hearings at the law school, giving students a firsthand look at appellate arguments before the court, she said. Gorsuch then took questions from students about what they had witnessed. 'It was pretty special,' Couch said. 'He was just a wonderful visitor and spent so much time with our faculty and students. He was just extremely generous with his time.' 'He's a really authentic, genuine person and cares a lot about the legal profession, so I think his visit here made a big impression,' she said. 'I think he's supremely well qualified for the Supreme Court.'" (Randy Ellis, "Federal Appellate Judge With Oklahoma Ties Among Top U.S. Supreme Court Candidates," News OK, 1/29/17)

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