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<Charles.Morgan@BELL To: CORPGEN@MAIL.ABANET.ORG
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11/20/2001 01:16 PM Subject: Committee of Corporate General
Please respond to Counsel
Our Committee has been asked to send a letter to the Senate Judiciary
Committee, supporting the expeditious consideration of nominees for Federal
Judgeships. Following is a draft letter for your review and comment. Please
note that we take no position on individuals or partisan issues.
Please let me know if you are in support or if you have any objection to
the letter. We are requested to send the letter right away, so would
appreciate your prompt response. Many thanks.
November 20, 2001
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Leahy:
I am Chairman of the Committee of Corporate General Counsel, which
is part of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Our
membership is comprised of the senior-most legal officers of many of
America's largest companies.
Our members have asked me to write to you, in your capacity as
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to express our views concerning
the importance of the Federal Judiciary.
The tragic events of September 11 underscore for all of us the
freedoms that we enjoy in our country. We know that you and your fellow
Senators on the Judiciary Committee are devoted to helping protect these
precious freedoms. We also know that you and your fellow Senators recognize
the critical importance of our system of justice in preserving and
protecting these freedoms.
We write to express our thanks to you and your colleagues for your
efforts in reviewing the qualifications of individuals nominated for
Federal District Court and Circuit Court positions. Recognizing the need
for a fully-staffed Federal Judiciary, we also appreciate all your efforts
in determining the qualifications of nominees for the Judiciary as
expeditiously as possible.
If our organization, or any of our members, may ever be of
assistance in any way, I hope you will call upon us. Thank you.
cc: The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, Ranking Minority Member
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Member
The Honorable Sam Brownback, Member
The Honorable Maria Cantwell, Member
The Honorable Mike DeWine, Member
The Honorable Richard Durbin, Member
The Honorable John Edwards, Member
The Honorable Russell D. Feingold, Member
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Member
The Honorable Charles E. Grassley, Member
The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy, Member
The Honorable Herb Kohl, Member
The Honorable Jon Kyl, Member
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Member
The Honorable Charles Schumer, Member
The Honorable Jeff Sessions, Member
The Honorable Arlen Specter, Member
The Honorable Strom Thurmond, Member
Charles R. Morgan
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
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