While COVID-19 is the Administration's main focus, they continue to build on one of their most important and long-lasting accomplishments: nominating judges who respect and uphold the rule of law. Today yet another great nomination was made with Judge Justin Walker to the DC Circuit:
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
Justin R. Walker of Kentucky, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Justin Walker currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky. Judge Walker is also a part-time Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Ordered Liberty Program at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Before taking the bench in 2019, Judge Walker was Partner of Counsel at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP in Louisville, Kentucky, where his practice focused on commercial and appellate litigation. Previously, Judge Walker was an appellate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Judge Walker served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Judge Walker earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Although Judge Walker’s qualifications are impressive, he is likely to face attacks from the left for his youth and because he was a great defender of Justice Brett Kavanagh. As Carrie Severino points out:
Judge Walker was an unrelenting defender of Justice Kavanaugh during the left's unprecedented smear campaign. I expect Walker to bring similar courage with him to the DC Circuit as he defends the rule of law. I look forward to his confirmation. (4/4) https://t.co/1O8P8JZ5Eg— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) April 3, 2020
RNLA and other leaders signed on to a letter in support of Judge Walker.
Those signing the letter, which was organized by the Article III Project, an organization dedicated to supporting Trump judicial nominees, include Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Article III Project; Charlie Kirk, the president of Turning Point USA; Jessica Anderson, the president of Heritage Action, and Manny Iglesias, the national chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. . . .
"Judge Walker has always made time for people who need his help. Thirteen (13) of his former law-student research assistants wrote last year that '[m]ost of us belong to an historically disenfranchised gender or race, and it is no exaggeration to say that no professor did more than Justin to promote our careers.' He has taught writing skills to underprivileged high-school students in Louisville. And for six years, he served as the unpaid executive director of the Global Game Changers Student Empowerment Program, which teaches underserved elementary school children that no matter how young they are and no matter where they come from, they can make a difference in the world."
I have known Justin Walker for years, and have had many opportunities to review his legal and scholarly writings. He is an unusually gifted lawyer and judge, and I couldn’t be more pleased that President Trump has decided to nominate him to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The American people will benefit tremendously from his service on that important tribunal.