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National Women's Law Center Applauds Advancement of D.C. Circuit Court Nominee Nina Pillard

Highly qualified nominee deserves prompt Senate confirmation

September 19, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) By a party line vote earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Professor Cornelia T.L. (Nina) Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Pillard’s nomination now goes to the full U.S. Senate for a vote. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) strongly supports her confirmation.

Professor Pillard is a nationally renowned law professor and lawyer who has argued nine cases before the Supreme Court and briefed dozens more, including the historic case that opened the Virginia Military Institute to women. In another critical case, she successfully defended the Family and Medical Leave Act against a constitutional challenge.

“Professor Pillard is unquestionably highly qualified for a seat on this important court and should be confirmed,” said NWLC Co-President Marcia Greenberger. “Her impressive legal career includes two tours in the U.S. Department of Justice and 15 years teaching at the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, she currently brings her legal acumen and expertise to her role as Co-Director of Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute, which prepares lawyers for oral argument before the Supreme Court on a pro bono basis. She is a legal superstar who would bring extraordinary skills to the Court, including her deep background on legal protections for women.

“The Center calls upon the Senate to promptly consider Professor Pillard’s nomination and to give her a fair up or down vote on the floor.”