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   ★ - means endorsed Romney in both 2008 and 2012

   * - means endorsed Romney in 2012

Judge Robert Bork

Judge Robert Bork

“Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved. He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.” (Judge Robert Bork in joint statement)

''No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney.'' (Judge Robert Bork)

Robert Bork, a best-selling author, was a supreme court nominee by Ronald Reagan.



★ Retired Chief Justice Thomas Phillips

“Retired Chief Justice Thomas Phillips said, "Governor Mitt Romney is the strongest Republican candidate in the field. Governor Romney has the experience, vision and conservative values to lead our country forward as we face this new generation of global challenges. As President, he will take Washington apart and put it back together to make it work better for all Americans. We are proud to support his candidacy." ”

Thomas R. Phillips - retired Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court (1988 to 2004)


John Carter
    

Retired District Court Judge John Carter

“John Carter said, "In just a few short days, Republicans will begin the process of electing our party's standard-bearer in 2008. The one candidate who can bring together all elements of the conservative movement is Mitt Romney." ”

John Carter served 20 years as a judge and is a retired district court judge. He is now a member of congress representing Texas.

Other Justices who have endorsed Governor Mitt Romney:

• Larry Richter - former Circuit Court Judge and State Senator

• Kelli Wise - Alabama Supreme Court Justice (Jan 2011-present)
   (Previously the Presiding Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals,
   Served on Alabama Court of Appeals from 2001-2011)

* Michael Chertoff - Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2003-2005)

* Judge Michael McConnell - Assistant to the Solicitor General; Member of the Presidential Intelligence Oversight Committee (1988-1990)

* Fmr. Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Robert Orr


* U.S. Attorney Generals

* William Barr - U.S. Attorney General, 1991-1993

* Michael Mukasey - U.S. Attorney General, 2007-2009

* George Terwilliger - U.S. Deputy Attorney General, 1992-1993

* Mark Filip - U.S. Deputy Attorney General, 2008-2009

* Alice Fisher - Assistant Attorney General, 2005-2008

Barr, Mukasey, Terwilliger, Filip, and Fisher issued this joint statement: “Mitt Romney deeply understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of our laws and vigorously enforcing them. His record as Governor demonstrates his commitment to the security of the people he is charged to defend and to the rule of law as the basis of a free society. We look forward to advising Governor Romney and we are proud to support him.”

    

* State Attorney General Bill Schuette

" “America needs a new President and Michigan, more than any other state, needs jobs, jobs, jobs,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “Mitt Romney is a bold leader with solid conservative credentials who can get our state and our country back on the right track. Mitt Romney knows that in order to revive our economy and restore the American Dream, we need lower taxes and more jobs; less spending and more paychecks; limited government and more freedom.” "



★ Jay Sekulow— Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

"Jay Sekulow, a constitutional lawyer who's argued numerous cases of import to social conservatives before the Supreme Court, has endorsed Romney"

“There’s this growing acceptance of this idea that Mitt Romney may well be and is our best candidate” (Jay Sekulow)

“I don’t think Mormonism will play as an issue. It isn’t a disqualifier. We’re past that. I’m practical, and I’m impressed with him on the things that really matter.” (Jay Sekulow)

"Jay Alan Sekulow is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), ... Several landmark cases argued by Sekulow before the U.S. Supreme Court have become part of the legal landscape in the area of religious liberty litigation. In the Mergens case, Sekulow cleared the way for public school students to form Bible clubs and religious organizations on their school campuses. In the Lamb's Chapel case, Sekulow defended the free speech rights of religious groups, ensuring that they be treated equally with respect to the use of public facilities...

"In 2005, TIME Magazine named Sekulow one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America and called the ACLJ "a powerful counterweight" to the ACLU... In addition, The National Law Journal has twice named Sekulow one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States (1994, 1997).

"Sekulow brings insight and education to listeners daily with his national call-in radio program, Jay Sekulow Live!, which is broadcast throughout the country on nearly 850 radio stations. Sekulow also hosts a weekly television program, ACLJ This Week, which tackles the tough issues of the day and is broadcast on a number of networks nationwide including the Trinity Broadcasting Network and FamilyNet... He also received a Ph.D. from Regent University, with a dissertation on American Legal History, and is the author of numerous publications and law articles."

“In order for conservatives to make the changes in Washington that we have been fighting for, we must first defeat President Obama and have a leader with a proven record of getting things done,” said Jay Sekulow. “Mitt Romney is the one candidate who can take his pro-growth message to the American people and defeat President Obama. Throughout his life, he has proven that he will not back down from difficult situations – fixing the mess that President Obama has left will not be easy.”

Jordan Sekulow:

“Mitt Romney’s record as governor and vision for our country is one that conservatives should be proud to support,” said Jordan Sekulow. “He cut taxes, balanced budgets, and defended both traditional marriage and life in a politically difficult environment. Mitt Romney’s ability to defeat President Obama and enact conservative change is why I support him and so many conservatives are backing his campaign.”

"Jordan Sekulow is the Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice. He is the host of the Jordan Sekulow Show, a syndicated radio program that provides cutting analysis of today's political and legal landscape and regularly features elected officials and conservative leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe. He also serves as co-host, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, of the Jay Sekulow Live! radio broadcast and the ACLJ This Week television broadcast. Jordan, an attorney, has an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center and oversees the organization’s international offices."


★ James Bopp Jr.— Evangelical pro-life activist and attorney

Open Letter Supporting Mitt Romney:

“Like all conservative Republicans, and most Americans, I believe that the future of our country, and the preservation of our way of life, depends on the defeat of President Barack Obama and his replacement with a president who supports free enterprise, limited government, traditional family values, and a strong national defense, based upon the principles of our United States Constitution...

“Mitt Romney is a true conservative. One does not have to guess what Mitt Romney would do in office. He served for four years as Governor of Massachusetts and has a record that conservatives should be proud of.

“As Governor, Romney fought for social conservative values. He vetoed bills that would have authorized state funding of embryonic cloning, would have changed the definition of human life from fertilization to implantation and would have given young women the morning-after abortion pill without a prescription. He promoted abstinence education in public schools. When the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, he left no stone unturned to set aside that ruling. And in contrast to the Obama Administration’s war on the Catholic Church by mandating their institutions to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans, Governor Romney vetoed a bill that would have required Catholic hospitals to offer abortion-inducing drugs to potential rape victims...

“On the issues currently deemed the most important by the American people, the economy and federal taxes and spending, Romney also has a remarkable record. As a private investor in struggling businesses, Romney was very successful in turning them around. As governor, he issued more than 800 vetoes and cut taxes 19 times. The result, in a state with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, is that he closed a 3 billion dollar budget gap and turned it into a 2 billion dollar rainy-day fund.

“Mitt Romney’s success in the first five primary states, including wins in New Hampshire, Florida, and Nevada, have revealed an emerging consensus among Republican voters that he is the most electable... It is time, therefore, to celebrate the result and concentrate all our energy on achieving a general election victory.”

"James Bopp, Jr. Is A Campaign Finance Litigator And Constitutional Scholar. He represents numerous pro-life, pro-family, conservative and Republican party organizations from his law firm in Terre Haute, IN. He also co-founded the Republican National Conservative Caucus and the RNC Conservative Steering Committee."

"One evangelical, pro-life activist and attorney James Bopp Jr., last week sent a letter to hundreds of social conservatives warning that they must unite behind Romney...

" “While several of the other candidates are certainly fine social conservatives, none has established his viability as a serious presidential contender... So it does come down to two things,” Bopp concludes in his letter, which was excerpted in The Atlantic.

" “One, the viability of the candidate, which only Mitt Romney has demonstrated among the socially conservative candidates, and two, whether social conservatives will have the courage to rally around the only viable conservative alternative...” "

Actual letter sent out, including copy of Romney's 1994 senate race campaign flyer:

"How did he come to support Romney?"

"Bopp says: “I didn’t know him personally but obviously I watched his career and was particularly interested because of his strong support for marriage which was seriously under assault in Massachusetts.” Bopp says he had been impressed with his record of “tremendous leadership skills”... but had to assure himself that Romney’s conversion to the pro-life cause was “sincere.” He met with Romney and came away satisfied by Romney’s words but also by his actual record as Gov.   Bopp says: “Unfortunately there are some people in the pro-life movement who are not willing to accept converts. Our whole thrust is to gain converts. If you are not willing to accept them we are doomed to defeat.”... "

"Bopp says: “Over the last 40 years we have seen each religious movement be looked at in terms of whether a person is acceptable to be president. We saw JFK as a Catholic. We saw George H.W. Bush as an Evangelical Christian. We saw Joe Lieberman as a Jew and now we have Mitt Romney as a Mormon. In each case some people paused and had to think and each time we have come down on the side that it is acceptable.” He continues that: “We are not looking for a Pastor in Chief.”... "

"What are Romney’s views on judicial activism?"

"Bopp argues that Romney “more than anyone understands it because he lived through it” as governor of Massachusetts in the battle against judicial imposition of gay marriage."

James Bopp's Bio:

"James Bopp Jr is a named partner in the law firm of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom". One of the main emphasis's of Bopp's practice is "life issues including abortion, and on U.S. Supreme Court practice. He has argued numerous campaign finance cases in defense of pro-life, pro-family, conservative and Republican party groups, including four cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He also serves as General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and is a member of the Republican National Committee."


★ Wendy Long— Chief counsel, Judicial Confirmation Network

"She contends that Romney is “the constitutionalist” in the race, ... Long also explains that leadership “matters tremendously” in selecting a president... She cites Romney's experience in business and running the Olympics and as Governor as proof he can “lead a large organization and then delegate" to competent managers.”...

"What does she consider the top legal issues for the presidential race? Without hesitation she says that judges are “the number one issue.”... How does she think Romney would do in appointing conservative justices? Long argues that Romney “is the only one I'm absolutely sure” will give us more nominees like Justices Alito and Roberts."

Wendy Long "is chief counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, an organization of conservative lawyers that has played a critical role in the confirmation battles for appellate and Supreme Court judges including Sam Alito and John Roberts." She has enthusiastically joined Mitt Romney as vice chair of his National Faith and Values Steering Committee.


Mike DeVine— Prominent Southern Attorney

Exactly two weeks before Wendy Long endorsed Gov. Romney, a Southern Evangelical attorney weighed in with his views, in part stating:

“The main reasons I choose to support any candidate for any political office are their positions on the issues they will have the power to address in the office they seek. Mitt Romney agrees with me and the war hawk-social conservative-fiscal conservative base on as many or more of the issues the base cares about.

“Additionally, Mitt has been successful in every position he has held in the business and political worlds. He is man of great character with no skeletons in the closet or walking around. He has exhibited courage in his willingness to take chances in business; foregone profits to turn his company into a posse to find an employee’s missing daughter; and risked his reputation to take on a rescue effort to save the Olympic Games and secure them from terrorist attacks. Finally, he stood up for traditional family values in the bluest state in the nation. He is a proven leader...

“But an important secondary reason I have chosen to defend Mitt Romney relates to the slanders of some in the press, the Democratic Party, and not too few in the Republican Party that slander the South in general and Evangelical Christians of all regions in particular in suggesting that Mitt has no chance to win a significant percentage of our votes. Those that say this assume religious bigotry on our part...

“I’ll never forget a C-Span Road to the White House segment last year that quoted a Baptist Minister that had just heard Romney speak in South Carolina that echoed sentiments I have often stated to near unanimous agreement among fellow Baptists:

      “He [Mitt Romney] is a better Baptist than most Baptists!”

“...Southerners are quite capable of discerning vote seeking Baptist church attendees that would advance policies that work against their values and non-Baptists that would advance their shared values agenda.”

Article by Mike DeVine, who is a civil/criminal trial lawyer who for two decades has worked in federal and state courts throughout the South.

"Mike regularly writes about law, faith, politics, religious free speech, modern day conservative thought and policies and the Reaganite conservative principles and Judeo-Christian values and virtues necessary to save an America that, as Robert Bork warns in his seminal book, is Slouching towards Gomorrah."


★ Michael Gaynor— Prominent New York Attorney

“Romney should be the next President and is the strongest candidate that Republicans can nominate. Other Republican hopefuls made good points, but Romney is best prepared for the tasks of winning the 2012 presidential election AND doing what the President of the United States needs to do to return to America's founding principles and the unparalleled prosperity they brought...

“If Romney had been elected President in 2008, America would be ever so much better off than it is today and the world would be more stable and safer...

“Romney is the total package.

“What I wrote in January 2008, in "The case for Mitt Romney: economy, judges," remains true...”

“When it comes to the economy and judges, Mitt's the One!

“Bad economic news highlights the need for a President with the credentials of Mitt Romney... Romney is an intelligent, articulate, and accomplished former businessman and governor... Romney offers proven executive skill. He has demonstrated it in everything he has done in his professional life...

“No wonder Mitt shares the late President Reagan's optimism ...

“Then there is the matter of judges and the need to undo the great damage done by judicial activists who disregarded the law, including the Constitution, and did what they wanted to do instead of what a judge is supposed to do...

“In his sensational "Faith in America" speech, Mitt emphasized the importance of judges who share basic American values: "... Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty."

“The principals of the Judicial Confirmation Network are supporting Mitt.”

» More commentary from Michael Gaynor


★ Paul Mirengoff— Attorney leading a high-traffic blog

''It is time for Republicans to get serious. After flirting with just about every candidate in a large presidential field, is is time to come home to the one candidate who has the demonstrated ability to run the largest organization in the United States, the Executive Branch of the federal government; who has never been touched by the slightest taint of scandal; whose success in the private sector makes him the outsider that Republicans say they are looking for; and who has by far the best chance of beating President Obama: Mitt Romney...

''I am sure he is not as conservative as I am. But he has a solid record of conservative accomplishment as governor of Massachusetts, and if you check out his economic plan, you will find it to be entirely Reaganite, updated for the crisis we face today...

''In electing a president, we are choosing someone to run the Executive Branch. A leader, to be sure, but not a speechmaker, a bomb-thrower, a quipster, a television personality or an exemplar of ideological purity. At this point in our history, the United States desperately needs a leader who understands the economy, the world of business, and, more generally, how the world works. We have had more than enough of a leader who was good at giving speeches and was ideologically pure, but who had no clue how the economy works or how the federal government can be administered without resort to graft and corruption. It is time for a president who knows what he is doing...

''Mitt Romney is the best, by a very wide margin... Let’s itemize Romney’s virtues.

''First, he is a tremendously smart, competent and hard-working person. Many people do not realize what it takes to achieve the extraordinary business success to which Romney devoted most of his adult life. We have, currently, a president who is not particularly bright, knows little of business, has no idea how to run an organization–never having done so before 2009–and would rather golf than work. Replacing this cipher with Mitt Romney, one of the most capable men of his generation, would be an almost unimaginable improvement.

''Second, Romney has led an exemplary life. He is, by any ordinary measure, an exceptionally good man. Maybe you care about this, maybe you don’t. My own view is that character counts, usually in ways you can’t foresee. Moreover, to put a purely pragmatic spin on it, the Democrats have nothing on him. Sure, they can mount an anti-Mormon whispering campaign, and they will. But it is highly unlikely that bigotry alone can derail a presidential candidate, especially one as upright as Romney.

''Third, Romney has exactly the expertise we need for the next four years. Our country faces an enormous economic and fiscal crisis, brought on by years of politically-motivated fecklessness. We desperately need a president who understands why economic growth occurs and how jobs are created... If ever we needed a president with Mitt Romney’s skills and expertise, that time is now.

''Fourth, Romney can and will, I think, beat Barack Obama. The purpose of a political party is to win elections. It would be terminally stupid for the Republican Party to nominate a candidate whose weaknesses more or less guarantee defeat when it has, readily at hand, a candidate who can win...

''So: I endorse Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for president in 2012. I think he can win, and I think there is a real chance that he could be a great president. Perhaps the man and the hour will meet, as with Churchill in 1940 and Reagan in 1980. But at a bare minimum, Romney can beat Barack Obama, and will be an infinitely better president. The time has come for Republicans to coalesce behind their best candidate.''

Why I'll vote for Romney - PowerlineBlog - Paul

''The rest of the Republican world has pretty much decided whether it prefers John McCain or Mitt Romney. Now, finally, I have too... voting on the basis of electability is often a fool's errand... The decision thus comes down to policy and effectiveness. I give Romney the edge on both counts...

''Nothing in Romney's record as governor (as opposed to his record as a candidate for office in liberal Massachusetts) suggests that he won't govern as a reasonably reliable conservative...

''Finally, we get to the question of effectiveness and administrative ability. Romney has demonstrated these qualities throughout his career; McCain not so much.''

Powerline Blog received upwards of 250,000 unique visitors in the months leading up to the 2008 general election. It is a blog led by three attornies, one of which is Paul Mirengoff.


2012 Justice Advisory Committee

* Alex Acosta
* William Allen
* Alex Azar
* H. Christopher Bartolomucci
* Lizette Benedi Herraiz
Bradford A. Berenson
Elliot S. Berke
* Brant Bishop
Michelle Boardman
* J. Caleb Boggs III
Robert Bork
* Steven Bradbury
* Lee A. Casey
* Michael Chertoff
* Jeffrey Clark
* Gus Coldebella
* Roderick De Arment
George Dent
MIchael R. Dimino
* Thomas Dupree
* Charles Eskridge
Allen Ferrell
Timothy Flanigan
* Sergio J. Galvis
* Deborah A. Garza
Tom Gede
Mary Ann Glendon
* Alan Gura
Jimmy Gurulé
* Catherine Hanaway
* Jennifer Hardy
* W. Thomas Haynes

Jay Jorgensen
* Jay Kanzler
* Roy Katzovicz
Richard Klingler
Christopher Landau
* Stephen Larson
* Katie Lev
Wendy Long
* Fred Lowell
* Raymond B. Ludwiszewski
* Maureen Mahoney
* Roman Martinez
Gary McDowell
* Brent McIntosh
Grant S. Nelson
Mark Nielsen
Howard C. Nielson, Jr.
* Robert O’Brien
* Kevin O’Connor
* John O’Quinn
* Elizabeth Papez
* Matthew Papez
* Nels Peterson
Thomas Phillips
Stephen Presser
* David Rivkin, Jr.
* Jeffrey Rosen
Gene Schaerr
Jay Stephens
* John Sullivan
* Richard Wiley


Gov. Romney's Constitution & Courts Advisory Committee

“With today's announcement, Professor Mary Ann Glendon and Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, Co-Chairs of the Advisory Committee, issued a joint statement saying, "Governor Romney knows first-hand the importance of nominating judges who will adhere to the rule of law and the Constitution. From our association with him, we know that a President Romney will nominate only men and women who have a genuine appreciation for the Constitution's text, structure and history. Over the course of this campaign, we look forward to working with this group to provide Governor Romney with excellent counsel on the constitutional questions confronting our Judiciary today." ”

Co-Chairs Of The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

★ “Mary Ann Glendon - Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Former Member, U.S. President's Council on Bioethics”

• “Douglas W. Kmiec - Caruso Family Chair & Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush”

Members Of The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

★ “Bradford A. Berenson - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Law Clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Chairman, The Federalist Society, Executive Committee of the Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group”

★ “Elliot S. Berke - General Counsel, Barbour Griffith & Rogers and Of Counsel, McGahn & Associates; Former Counsel to the Speaker of the House; Former General Counsel to the House Majority Leader”

★ “Michelle Boardman - Assistant Professor, George Mason School of Law; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush”

• “James Bopp, Jr. - Partner, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom; General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech; Special Adviser on Life Issues to Governor Mitt Romney”

• “Jamie Brown - Principal, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; Former Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, The White House, and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush”

★ “Allen Ferrell - Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School; Law Clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit”

• “D. Cameron Findlay - Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aon Corporation; Former Deputy Secretary of Labor for President George W. Bush; Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush, Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States”

★ “Timothy Flanigan - Former General Counsel, Corporate and International Law, Tyco International; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George H.W. Bush; Law Clerk to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States”

★ “Tom Gede - Principal, Bingham Consulting Group; Former Executive Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General; Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office”

• “Allyson Ho - Baker Botts; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Counselor to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; Law Clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States”

• “James Huffman - Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law (and former Dean), Lewis & Clark Law School; Former Chairman, The Federalist Society, Executive Committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group”

★ “Jay Jorgensen - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Law Clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the Untied States and then-Judge Samuel Alito of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit”

★ “Christopher Landau - Partner and Head of the Appellate Litigation Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Appellate Litigation Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Law Clerk to Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States”

• “David G. Leitch - General Counsel, Ford Motor Company; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Law Clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States”

★ “Wendy Long - Chief Counsel, Judicial Confirmation Network; Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States”

★ “Gary L. McDowell - Tyler Haynes Professor of Leadership Studies, Political Science, and Law in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond; Former Chief Speech Writer to Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III”

★ “Mark D. Nielsen - Vice President, Legal, Raytheon Corporation; Former Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney”

★ “Howard C. Nielson, Jr. - Of Counsel, Cooper & Kirk; Former Counsel to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Law Clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and former Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit”

★ “Stephen Presser - Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History, Northwestern University School of Law”

• “Kristi Remington - Principal, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush”

★ “Gene Schaerr - Partner and Chair of the Nationwide Appellate Litigation Group, Winston & Strawn LLP; Former Associate White House Counsel to President George H. W. Bush; Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to former Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Chairman, Constitutional Sources Project”

★ “Jay Sekulow - Constitutional Law and Supreme Court Advocate”

• “Bradley A. Smith - Professor of Law, Capital University Law; Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease; Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission”

• “Matthew Spalding - Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation”

★ “Jay B. Stephens - Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Raytheon Company; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan; Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; United States Attorney for The District Of Columbia for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush”

• “Richard K. Willard - Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Law Clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States and then-Judge Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit”


More High Power Attornies supporting Gov. Romney for President

“Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced new additions to the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts. This group, chaired by Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, former constitutional legal counsel to President Ronald Reagan, has been advising Governor Romney on the important legal issues confronting the country today.

“Joining Romney for President after having served as National Co-Chair of Lawyers for Fred Thompson, Victoria Toensing said, “Appointing strong judges is one of our President’s most important responsibilities. The next President will make a number of appointments, and I am confident Governor Romney will nominate judges in the mold of President Bush’s nominees, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. I am proud to work with Governor Romney and this outstanding group of legal minds.” ...

“Eugene Scalia, who served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, has also joined the committee. “Governor Romney has the ability, experience, and values to serve as an exceptional President,” he said. “He appreciates the role of the courts and rule of law in our society.”

“Making today’s announcement, Governor Romney said, “It is an honor to have the counsel of so many distinguished men and women. Together, they represent years of experience in the legal field and their help to this campaign will be invaluable.” ”

New Members Of The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

• “Eugene Scalia, who served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush”

• “Charles J. Cooper – Partner, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Former Law Clerk, then-Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States”

• “Victoria Toensing – Partner, diGenova & Toensing; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Former Chief Counsel, United States Senator Barry Goldwater”

• “Thomas R. Phillips – Partner, Baker Botts; Former Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court; Former President, Conference of Chief Justices.”

★ “Professor Grant S. Nelson – William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, Pepperdine University; Former Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.”

★ “Professor Jimmy Gurulé – Professor, Notre Dame Law School; Former Undersecretary for Enforcement, United States Department of Treasury, for President George W. Bush; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, for President George H.W. Bush.”

• “Viet D. Dinh – Principal, Bancroft Associates; Professor of Law and Co-Director of Asian Law & Policy Studies, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States”

• “Joseph E. diGenova – Partner, diGenova & Toensing; Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Rules Committee; Former Counsel, Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees; Former United States Attorney, District of Columbia”

• “Eileen J. O’Connor – Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush”

★ “Richard D. Klingler – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Senior Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former General Counsel and Legal Adviser, National Security Council; Former Law Clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States, and to Judge Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”

• “Noel J. Francisco – Partner, Jones Day; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States”

• “Lizette D. Benedi – Counsel, Bancroft Associates; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.”

• “James F. Blackstock – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Shoney’s Restaurant Company; Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CBRL Group, Inc.”

• “Rachel L. Brand – Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.”

• “Reginald J. Brown – Partner, WilmerHale; Former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former Deputy General Counsel to Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.”

• “Daniel Collins – Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Former Associate Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States; Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California; Former Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice; Lawyers for Fred California Co-Chair.”

★ “Professor George Dent – Schott-van den Eynden Professor, Case Western Law School; Director, National Association of Scholars; President, Ohio Association of Scholars; Former Law Clerk, Judge Paul R. Hays, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.”

★ “Professor Michael R. Dimino – Associate Professor of Law, Widener Law School; Former Chief Clerk, Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt, New York State Court of Appeals; Former Law Clerk, Judge Laurence H. Silberman, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Former Law Clerk, Judge Paul L. Friedman, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Lawyers for Fred Pennsylvania Co-Chair and Legal Professors Committee.”