For Immediate Release
March 12, 2003
Who Is Miguel Estrada?
Miguel Estrada, nominee to the D.C. Circuit, is an American Success
story. His legal experience far exceeds that of the average nominee,
and he has bipartisan support from a broad range of groups and
individuals. He was confirmed by the committee and Miguel Estrada
should promptly be sent to the Senate floor and confirmed.
Miguel Estrada is an American success story.
- Born in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, immigrated to the United States as a
teenager speaking virtually no English.
- Graduated Phi Beta
Kappa from Columbia College in New York, and Harvard Law School
where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.
- If confirmed,
he would be the first Hispanic judge on the Court of Appeals
for the D. C. Circuit.
Miguel Estrada is widely respected. He has earned recognition
for the thoroughness of his preparation and the quality of his
written and oral advocacy in both in private practice and
- Partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
in Washington, D.C. where he is a member of the firm's
Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group and the
Business Crimes and Investigations Practice Group.
U.S. Solicitor General during the Bush and Clinton
Administrations from 1992 to 1997.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney and
Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section for the U.S. Attorney's
Office, Southern District of New York
Miguel Estrada has a combined level of appellate and trial
experience that far exceeds that of the average Court of
Appeals nominee, and even exceeds that of many Supreme Court
- Argued 15 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, both
criminal and civil.
- Tried 10 cases as a prosecutor and argued
7 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New
- The American Bar Association has unanimously rated Estrada
"well qualified," the highest possible rating.
Miguel Estrada has earned the public support of a broad
bipartisan range of individuals and groups.
- Ron Klain, Counsel
to former Vice President Gore
- Seth Waxman, Clinton
Administration Principle Deputy Solicitor General
Order of Police
- League of United Latin American Citizens
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic National Bar Association
Miguel Estrada has demonstrated a commitment to community
service apart from his distinguished record of government
- Represented Virginia death row inmate Tommy David
Strickler before the Supreme Court pro bono. Estrada argued a
new trial should be granted because the prosecution had
withheld evidence that could raise questions as to the
credibility of a key eyewitness.
- Represented an incarcerated
defendant who was seeking habeas corpus relief from his state
- Member of the National Board of Directors of the
Center for Community Interest since 1998.
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