Previously, I represented ACC at a White House briefing. The White House also solicited ACC’s input during the nomination process on characteristics we would like to see in a nominee. Although ACC does not take positions on judicial nominations, these opportunities reflect the growth and increased recognition of the important role played by the association and the in-house legal community generally.
As a lawyer I find events like this morning’s announcement to be very moving given the setting and the importance of the Supreme Court in our daily lives. President Obama inserted some humor in an otherwise solemn event when he noted that Dean Kagan, if confirmed, will bring a special diversity to the bench; ”she is a Mets’ fan” and Justice Sotomayer, an avid Yankees fan, “has ordered a pinstripe robe” for Dean Kagan.