April 6, 2016

Column: Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed

Lena Epstein

Full Column from The Detroit News

Judge Neil Gorsuch is more than qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Epstein writes.
(Photo: Susan Walsh / AP)

The U.S. Senate faces an important decision as it considers the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to America’s highest judicial office. As the nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice, Gorsuch’s judicial history and philosophy will be rigorously reviewed, and rightly so.

Upholding our Constitution is paramount. The best possible candidate to fill former Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is Gorsuch, and a thorough look at his track record and reputation in the judicial system will bear out his unequivocal qualification.

Consider some history. In 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without any opposition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. That vote included members of the current Democratic leadership, and was a resounding signal of bi-partisan support. At that time, the American Bar Association ranked Gorsuch “unanimously well-qualified.”

Over the past decade, Gorsuch has become known as a fierce defender of the Constitution, a fair and just juror, and a thoughtful and thorough decision maker.

Gorsuch is a fourth-generation Coloradan who has spent most of his professional life in Washington, D.C. He’s a seasoned legal professional who has been on the other side of the bench, practicing courtroom law. He also held a series of esteemed clerkships for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White, and was a deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice prior to joining the appellate court. This is all following his education at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford.

Among a jury of his peers, Gorsuch is highly regarded. Federal District Judge John L. Kane said Gorsuch is “admired by his fellow judges,” that he “listens well and decides justly,” and that even his “dissents are instructive rather than vitriolic.”

Gorsuch shares Justice Scalia’s judicial philosophy as an “originalist.” Meaning, he is committed to reflecting the Constitution as it was originally written, rather than being swayed by the political winds and leanings of any given time.

As a business owner, political activist, and concerned citizen, I support Gorsuch because he is extraordinarily well-equipped to serve on the United States Supreme Court. His consistent legal perspective, deep experience, considerable intellect, and dedication to upholding the Constitution make him a highly desirable conservative candidate for Supreme Court justice.

Gorsuch has considerable experience to examine and assess —and by all means, our U.S. Senate should do their due diligence in reviewing his track record.

This decision must not derail into a partisan, political circus. Gorsuch has been embraced by members of both parties based on his hard-earned merits as a legal scholar and judicial leader.

This should be the case once again. Failure to confirm U.S. Senate Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch would be a missed opportunity for the future of the American legal system.