Judge Gorsuch, who is President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court of the United States, received a “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association on Thursday for serving as a justice on the US’s highest court, despite the left political leanings of the respective ABA.
In case you are not impressed just yet, you should know that there’s no better rating than “well qualified”. The American Bar Association has just three ratings: not qualified, qualified and well qualified and ABA’s standing committee on the FED judiciary granted Judge Gorsuch the highest rating in an unanimous vote, which is kind of rare.
Also, if you’re reading this and you’re not a lawyer, you probably don’t realize that the American Bar Association is a private entity, having zero official status nor governmental power. Less than 33% of US lawyers (and there are 1.3 million lawyers in the US if you can believe that) are members of ABA, making it a relatively select club.
Due to its 100% private statute, the American Bar Association is a highly respected organization which issues public ratings with regard to judicial nominees on a regular basis . Former president G.W. Bush was not a big fan of ABA’s ratings and he even tried to discourage the use of such ratings, but the Democrats insisted on relying on this system when the Senate was considering president’s nominees to the federal bench.
According to multiple examples from the past, the ABA tends to lean on the left side of the political spectrum. In the case of Judge Gorsuch however, his extraordinary bio as former Supreme Court law clerk, a scholar with an Oxford PhD along with degrees from Columbia Law School and Harvard, senior Justice Department official, a federal appeals judge and private litigator explains why he received the best rating possible.
Many Democrats including Chuck Schumer have referred to ABA’s rating as being the gold standard when it comes to judicial nominees. Truth be told, Judge Gorsuch’s endorsement from ABA is hardly a surprise considering his decade old record on the Tenth Circuit and his sterling credentials.
Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings are expected to take place starting from March 20th.
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