While it is not a story you will hear in the mainstream media on International Women's Day today, President Trump has nominated many excellent women to serve on the federal bench. Liberals and most "feminists" do not recognize or praise these strong, capable women lawyers because they do not ascribe to the liberal dogma. Here are profiles of a few of them.
Allison Jones Rushing, confirmed to the Fourth Circuit last Tuesday at age 37, is the youngest person confirmed to the federal appellate bench since Michael Luttig. She clerked for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch, Judge David Sentelle, and Justice Clarence Thomas prior to practicing civil and criminal litigation and making partner at Williams & Connolly.
Amy Coney Barrett, now serving on the Seventh Circuit, clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman and Justice Antonin Scalia, practiced at Baker Botts, and was a distinguished law professor at the Notre Dame Law School. Sen. Dianne Feinstein famously attacked her Catholic faith during her confirmation hearing, saying "the dogma lives loudly within you."
Joan Larsen, now serving on the Sixth Circuit, clerked for Judge David Sentelle and Justice Antonin Scalia, practiced at Sidley Austin, was a law professor at Northwestern University School of Law and University of Michigan Law School, was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, and was previously a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Allison Eid, now serving on the Tenth Circuit, clerked for Judge Jerry Smith and Justice Clarence Thomas, practiced at Arnold & Porter, served as Colorado Solicitor General, was a law professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, and was previously a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court.
Neomi Rao, whose nomination to the D.C. Circuit is currently pending (Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture yesterday), clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson and Justice Clarence Thomas, practiced at Clifford Chance, served in the White House Counsel's office and on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff, and was a law professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, where she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State. She currently serves as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
There are other distinguished women lawyers appointed by President Trump now serving on or nominated to the federal appellate bench (in addition to many nominated for or serving at the district court level or on other courts): Bridget Shelton Bade, nominated to the Ninth Circuit; Elizabeth Branch, Eleventh Circuit; Amy J. St. Eve, Seventh Circuit; and Britt Grant, Eleventh Circuit.
You won't hear about these women in the mainstream media, unless they are being attacked for their conservative, textualist judicial philosophy or for the cardinal sin of being nominated by President Trump, but they serve as examples and inspiration for a generation of women lawyers and conservative women who are alienated by the mainstream feminist movement that idolizes women like Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
We are grateful to these women for their service to our country, for withstanding liberals' and Democrats' attacks for not embracing liberal policy views and legal philosophies, and for serving as an example for young Republican women.