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November 09, 2005



Judge Alito's clerks do have the Zagat guide. And Judge Alito does go to the Queen Deli on occasion.

Judidial Sight-ation in Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal:
Friday, November 11, 2005 2:28 p.m. EST

Hats Off to Harriet
WASHINGTON--So we met Harriet Miers last night. The White House counsel and erstwhile Supreme Court nominee was in attendance at the Federalist Society's gala dinner, where her colleague Karl Rove delivered a speech denouncing judicial imperialism (text at the link above). When another speaker noted Miers's presence, she got a round of applause from the assembled legal eagles, many of whom had opposed her nomination to the high court.

It would have been easy for her to skip the event, and one might think it would have been more comfortable, given how much opposition her nomination, withdrawn just two weeks earlier, had stirred up among this crowd--especially since one rap against her was a disparaging comment she made about the Federalist Society back in 1989. But she went, and she got a warm reception. We chatted with her briefly after dinner and found her most gracious. We haven't changed our mind about the nomination, but we can say Harriet Miers is a class act.

We were scheduled to speak to the Federalist Society's New Orleans chapter last September and again this September, but both appearances were canceled because of inclement weather. Things were more clement, not to mention eponymous, in Washington, where our Federalist friends seated us with Judge Edith Clement, the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit jurist who sits temporarily in Virginia until the Crescent City courthouse dries out. We got to babble, burble, banter and bicker with many other leading legal minds, including Steve Calabresi, Edith Jones, Ed Meese, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Bill Pryor, Ken Starr and Eugene Volokh. These events have something of the feel of a family reunion, and it was nice to be able to welcome Miers into the fold.


You should totally ask for readers to take photographs of these judges at everyday places to have an US Weekly knockoff A3Judges -- Just Like US

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