Teresa Wynn Roseborough is the Eleventh Circuit member on the ABA committee. (The latest information that I received was that she was a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, but that firm’s website no longer lists her.) Here are some pertinent facts bearing on her partisan attachments:
1. “I was so excited about the opportunity to work for a Democratic administration partly because I was so dismayed with what I saw happening to the legal regime under Republican administrations.” That’s how Roseborough in 1994 publicly explained her decision to leave private practice and join the Clinton administration. (Source: Atlanta Journal and Constitution, August 21, 1994.)
2. Roseborough is a member (and former chair) of the board of directors of the American Constitution Society, the left-wing group of lawyers and law students that describes its mission as “promot[ing] a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy.” ACS was formed to counter the influence of the Federalist Society.
3. Roseborough worked on the Clinton transition team following the 1992 election and from 1994 to 1996 was a political appointee in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department.
4. According to the bio that had been on the Sutherland Asbill website, Roseborough “served as one of the principal attorneys for the Gore campaign in the litigation associated with the 2000 Presidential election.” (I would ordinarily be disinclined to assign much partisan weight to work that an attorney does as a litigator, but the lasting bitterness that the Left has for the loss in 2000 would seem to warrant an exception.)
5. Roseborough has made significant political contributions in recent years, all to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton ($1000), John Kerry ($1000), Wesley Clark ($2000), and Max Cleland ($2000). Although she lives in Georgia, she also contributed $500 to the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign in Florida of Betty Castor. One issue in Castor’s campaign was how she, as president of the University of South Florida, handled serious allegations that a campus Islamic group led by Sami al-Arian was a front group for terrorists. Roseborough made her contribution to Castor after these allegations had surfaced.