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Thomas B. Griffith

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Confirmed June 14, 2005


David Kendall and Lanny Breuer, former Special Counsel to President Clinton:.

"For years Tom has been a leader in the bar and has shown dedication to its principles. The federal bench needs judges like Tom, an excellent lawyer who supported across the political spectrum…" Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, June 11, 2004.

Bill Ide and Sandy D’Alemberte, former Presidents of the ABA (and 11 other attorneys):

"Each of us has had extensive contact with Tom and believes him to be extremely well qualified for service on the D.C. Circuit. For years Tom has been a leader in the bar and has shown dedication to its principles. The federal bench needs people like him, one of the best lawyers the bar has to offer. We urge the Senate to confirm his nomination." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 14, 2004.

William J. Stuntz, Professor, Harvard Law School:

"I know a great many talented men and women in America’s legal profession; I’ve taught more than three thousand students at three top law schools, and I have friends scattered across the country in various kinds of law practice and in academics. I do not know anyone whom I would rather see on the federal bench than Tom Griffith. If he is confirmed, he will not just be a good judge. He’ll be a great one." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 21, 2004.

Richard E. Wiley, Wiley Rein & Fielding:

"Tom is an outstanding lawyer, with keen judgment, congenial temperament and impeccable personal integrity. He would bring great expertise and fair-minded impartiality to the bench and, in my judgment, would be a considerable credit to the D.C. Circuit and the Federal Judiciary as a whole." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 21, 2004.

Mark S. Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association:

"The duty of a judge is to administer justice according to law, without fear or favor, and without regard to the wishes or policy of the governing majority. Tom Griffith will fervently adhere to this principle. As is natural in a democracy, people will not always agree with Tom’s decisions from the bench. I will certainly not always agree with those decisions. However, there will never be a question as to the veracity behind them." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 22, 2004.

Thomas W. Brunner, Wiley Rein & Fielding:

"I offer these views from the perspective of a life-long and politically active Democrat. While Tom and I don’t always agree on partisan political issues, I have the highest regard for his integrity and for his open-mindedness. As a judge, he would approach each case without prejudice, with a willingness to be educated about considerations he did not previously understand and a rock-solid commitment to fairness." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 22, 2004.

Constance Lundberg, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University:

"[Tom] is also a lawyer of unexcelled ability. He understands the differences between law and policy and has a deep understanding of the powers and prerogatives of each of the three branches of government. He is immensely fair and compassionate. The laws and Constitution of the United States could not be in better hands." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 25, 2004.

David Tolbert, Deputy Registrar, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia:

"Mr. Griffith is without question one of the best professionals with whom I have worked, given not only his capability as a lawyer but his integrity as a person. He also shows an open-minded approach to legal and other issues, and I have discussed many issues with him, a number of which we come at somewhat different angles, and his intellectual honesty and integrity are outstanding." Letter to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, June 22, 2004.

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