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Diverse Group of Law School Classmates Support Gorsuch

Dozens of Neil Gorsuch’s Harvard Law School classmates—“Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents; progressives, conservatives and moderates; religious and non-observant; married, single and divorced; men and women; straight and gay”—have signed a powerful letter setting forth why they support his Supreme Court nomination.

Among the signatories is prominent Democrat Norm Eisen, who was special counsel for ethics in President Obama’s White House (as well as ambassador to the Czech Republic).  

Excerpts from the letter:

[W]e attended law school with Judge Neil Gorsuch—a man we’ve known for more than a quarter century—and we unanimously believe Neil possesses the exemplary character, outstanding intellect, steady temperament, humility and open-mindedness to be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court….

Judge Neil Gorsuch is a person for all seasons. For Republicans, Neil personifies a disinterested philosophy that respects judicial modesty combined with compassionate appreciation of the lives impacted by his decisions. For Democrats, he is a reasonable, qualified, intelligent person who will give each case fair and impartial consideration on its merits with sensitivity to our nation’s history, values, aspirations and constitutional traditions. For all Americans, he is a person of integrity who respects the rule of law and will ensure that it applies equally to all.

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