NCJW Supports Cornelia Pillard for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals


Contact: Brianne Nadeau


NCJW Supports Cornelia Pillard for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

July 30, 2013, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced its support for the nomination of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“NCJW is pleased to support Cornelia “Nina” Pillard for a vacancy on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Pillard is a distinguished litigator, having argued nine cases before the Supreme Court and authored briefs in more than 25 Supreme Court cases overall. As an assistant to the US Solicitor General in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Pillard briefed approximately 15 cases and argued six cases before the US Supreme Court, including the case that ultimately required the Virginia Military Institute to admit women. As deputy assistant attorney general for DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, she provided advice to executive officials and agencies on matters of national policy and legal interpretation, in addition to managerial duties. After leaving government service, Pillard joined with DOJ in a successful defense of the Family and Medical Leave Act against a constitutional challenge in Nevada Dept. of Social Services. v. Hibbs (2003).

“In her legal career, Pillard has represented employees, consumers, and victims of unlawful discrimination. She has worked on behalf of both criminal defendants and law enforcement officials accused of wrongdoing. Her experience spans arbitration, patent law, civil rights, national security, regulatory law, employment law, and consumer law.  Rated well qualified to serve as a federal appellate judge by the American Bar Association, Pillard is extremely well-qualified to sit on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We urge the Judiciary Committee to approve the nomination of Nina Pillard and send it to the full Senate to receive an up-or-down vote without delay. We oppose the view now put forward by some that instead the number of seats on this court should be reduced. The DC Circuit is the second most important appeals court in the land, next to the US Supreme Court. Its case load and the size of its bench cannot be assessed on the number of cases alone, but on the importance and complexity of the issues presented to it.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through BenchMark: NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign, NCJW has delivered the voice of progressive Jewish women and our allies to promote a federal bench with judges committed to upholding constitutional rights.

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