ABA Rates Judge Barrett ‘Well-Qualified’ To Serve As Associate Justice Of Supreme Court

Top Dems: ‘The ABA Evaluation Has Been The Gold Standard By Which Judicial Candidates Are Judged’

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION on Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has completed its evaluation of the professional qualifications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated by the President to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament. A substantial majority of the Standing Committee determined that Judge Barrett is “Well Qualified” … to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.” (American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Letter to Sens. Graham and Feinstein, 10/11/2020)


Senate Democrats: ‘The Bar Association Is The Gold Standard’

SENS. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) & PAT LEAHY (D-VT): The ABA’s evaluation is “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.” (The Washington Post, 3/18/2001)

NBC’s TIM RUSSERT: “Senator Schumer, back in 2001 you wrote a letter to President Bush and you said this: ‘The ABA evaluation has been the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged...’ Gold standard.”
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “Yes. … The bar association is the gold standard…” (NBC’s “Meet The Press, 1/08/2006)


Joe Biden: ‘I Look At No Other Recommendation More Closely; I Value No Other Recommendation More Highly’

THEN-SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE), Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: “There have been debates in this Committee in the past about the relevance and importance of the ABA recommendation.  I think it is important, what you [the ABA] do.” (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, p.453, 9/15/2005)



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