- The Washington Times - Monday, October 3, 2005

Here is the text of President Bush’s announcement that he has nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor:

In our great democracy, the Supreme Court is the guardian of our constitutional freedoms and the protector of our founding promise of equal justice under the law.

Over the past five years, I’ve spoken clearly to the American people about the qualities I look for in a Supreme Court justice. A justice must be a person of accomplishment and sound legal judgment. A justice must be a person of fairness and unparalleled integrity. And a justice must strictly apply the Constitution and laws of the United States and not legislate from the bench.

This morning, I’m proud to announce that I’m nominating Harriet Ellan Miers to serve as associate justice of the Supreme Court.

For the past five years, Harriet Miers has served in critical roles in our nation’s government, including one of the most important legal positions in the country, White House counsel. She has devoted her life to the rule of law and the cause of justice. She will be an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Harriet was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended public schools. When illness struck her family during her freshman year in college, Harriet went to work to help pay for her own education. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Over the course of a distinguished legal career, Harriet has earned the respect and admiration of her fellow attorneys. She has record of achievement in the law as well as experience as an elected member of the Dallas City Council. …

She’s been a leader in the American Bar Association and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the most powerful attorneys in America. …

Harriet was the first woman to be hired at one of Dallas’ top law firms, the first woman to become president of that firm, the first woman to lead a large law firm in the state of Texas.

Harriet also became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association and the first woman elected president of the state bar of Texas.

In recognition of her achievements paving the way for women lawyers, Harriet’s colleagues in Texas have honored her with numerous awards, most recently the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Excellence. …

Harriet has also earned a reputation for her deep compassion and abiding sense of duty. In Texas, she made it her mission to support better legal representation for the poor and underserved. As president of the Dallas bar, she called on her fellow lawyers to volunteer and staff free neighborhood clinics.

She led by example. She put in long hours of pro bono work. Harriet Miers has given generously of her time and talent by serving as a leader with more than a dozen community groups and charities, including the Young Women’s Christian Association, Childcare Dallas, Goodwill Industries, Exodus Ministries, Meals on Wheels and the Legal Aid Society.

Harriet’s life has been characterized by service to others. And she will bring that same passion for service to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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