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Harriet Miers - Supreme Court Justice Material Or Administrator?

Here's what we know so far about Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the SCOTUS:

She is 60 years old and has never married.

She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University.Upon graduation from law school she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Joe Estes

She served as a Member-At-Large on the Dallas City Council for a two year term.

She was chairman of the Texas State Lottery Commission.

She was the President and director of the State Bar of Texas.

She was the first woman President of the Dallas Bar Association, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association.

She is currently a member of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association and State Delegate for the State of Texas.

She went to to the Valley View Christian Church in Dallas from 1980 until she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Bush. (The Valley View Christian Church is an independent evangelical church associated with the Restoration Movement Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.)

She gave campaign contributions to the DNC and Democratic candidates including to Al Gore in his bid for President in 1988. After 1988, she began making political contributions to Republicans. See the complete list here.

She donated $150 to a pro-life group, Texans United for Life, in 1989.

She was the co-managing partner of Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, a prestigious law firm in Dallas.

She represented President Bush in the purchase of some real estate and was counsel for Bush's gubernatorial campaign in 1993-1994.

She served as assistant to the President and Staff Secretary before becoming White House counsel.

She has served as a trustee of the Southwestern Legal Foundation.

She has served as a member of the Executive Board for the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

It certainly seems that Harriet Miers is qualified for something, but this resume would make her better suited for court administrator than Supreme Court judge.

Here is a biography of Harriet Miers from the American Justice Partnership.

Posted by Rick | October 8, 2005 08:01 AM

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