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October 4, 2005

Garret Epps, Constitutional law expert, and Barbara Aldave, former Texas law professor, comment on U.S. Supreme Court pick

Garret Epps, Constitutional law expert and Barbara Aldave, former Texas law professor, comment on U.S. Supreme Court pick

University of Oregon law professor Barbara Aldave said President Bush’s pick for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is “the hardest working woman I know.”

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers The president’s White House counsel, Harriet Ellan Miers,
was nominated on October 3 to fill the seat soon to be vacated by the first woman to serve on the high court. Miers is a Texas business attorney and was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State Bar Association. She has never been a judge.

Garrett Epps, who teaches Constitutional law, said some of the nation’s most heralded Supreme Court justices came from the ranks of nonjudges — including Earl Warren, Louis Brandeis, Thurgood Marshall and Hugo Black.

“Just being a judge is not always the best way to see the world. What’s more important is the person’s intellect and what they’ve been doing otherwise. The whole idea that judicial experience is the important thing is very recent,” Epps said.

He said that the confirmation process has become so highly politicized that recent presidents seek to increase the chances for success by nominating federal judges who have already been confirmed once by the Senate.

Business law professor Barbara Aldave worked in Texas law schools for 26 years and, although she met Miers only a few times, became familiar with her reputation.

“I’ve never known anyone who didn’t have high regard for her, personally. She is a really good person,” Aldave said.

Aldave says Miers’ experience in business law will be an asset for the court. Her only concern is that Miers may show too much deference toward the executive branch because of her long experience working there.

Both professors were interviewed for an October 4 Register Guard article on the nominee.

  

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