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Who is Allison Jones Rushing?

Allison Jones Rushing is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from North Carolina.

Age:  36 (approximate)

Current Position:  Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Education:

  • B.A., Wake Forest University (2004); summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Duke University Law School (2007); magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Smith-Mordecai Scholar (full-tuition scholarship); Editor, Duke Law Journal; Moot Court Board

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Judge David Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Experience:

  • 2011-Present: Associate and Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Career Notes:

  • Rushing has argued cases before the various federal circuit courts of appeal and state appellate courts. She has also briefed cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • She has experience in a wide array of substantive areas, including complex civil and criminal litigation, in both the federal district and appellate courts.

Honors:

  • Legal 500 has recognized Ms. Rushing for her “excellent writing advocacy skills.”
  • Rushing has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
  • The National Law Journal has recognized Ms. Rushing’s oral advocacy in the federal courts of appeals.

Biographical Notes:

  • Rushing hails from East Flat Rock, North Carolina.

 

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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