PFAW President Ralph G. Neas called the nomination of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit “extremely troubling” and said it was “an unfortunate continuation of this administration’s efforts to pack the appeals courts with divisive far-right nominees.”
Throughout her legal career, Carolyn Kuhl has followed a legal philosophy harmful to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans. This is particularly true in three areas: women’s rights and reproductive freedom, other civil rights, and access to justice.
President Bush’s nomination of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has generated significant controversy, concern, and opposition. As reflected in this report, throughout her legal career and in landmark cases dealing with such issues as reproductive freedom and privacy, sexual harassment, civil rights, and access to justice, Kuhl has followed a legal philosophy harmful to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans.
The record of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Bush, demonstrates that her confirmation would pose a grave threat to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans. Kuhl’s record throughout her career as a lawyer and a judge, reflects hostility to women’s rights and reproductive freedom, other civil rights and access to justice.
As noted above, from 1981-1986, Kuhl served the Reagan Administration in the Department of Justice, first as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, then as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and then as Deputy Solicitor General. As Kuhl’s record and the nature of her positions in the Department of Justice reflect, Kuhl was more than a “hired gun” for a client. To the contrary, she had left private practice to enlist in what her former boss, then-Solicitor General Charles Fried, called the “Reagan Revolution,” one front of which, according to Fried, was a “battle .
Although she has not been as directly involved in other civil rights issues as she was during the Reagan Administration, two articles concerning employment discrimination that Kuhl authored when she was in private practice raise serious concerns about her philosophy toward protecting employees from non-merit based employment decisions as well as remedying discrimination. In one, Kuhl made clear that she is opposed to affirmative action, which she called “a divisive societal manipulation.” (Ashkenazy v. Liu, No. BC 149503).
In her tenure on the Texas Supreme Court, Owen has written or joined a number of dissents that would have effectively rewritten or disregarded the law, usually to the detriment of ordinary citizens, including in cases dealing with discrimination and employee rights, environmental issues and public information rights, and consumer and citizen rights. Owen was questioned about her disturbing record on these issues at her first hearing, but her testimony did not dispel the concerns that her record had raised.