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The Judge Who Replaced Brett Kavenaugh
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:01:05 pm »
https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2019/02/05/desi-women-democrat-neomi-rao.html

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Two leading Indian-American women have led the Democratic party's move to oppose the nomination of fellow community legal luminary Neomi Rao for the prestigious and powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, citing her "excuses" for sexual assault and "hostility" to civil and human rights as reasons.

US President Donald Trump had announced Rao's nomination in November while celebrating Diwali at the White House. Trump had nominated her in place of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who in October was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge.

"Neomi Rao made excuses for sexual assault, blocked women's access to reproductive health and would allow healthcare providers to deny care to LGBTQ patients," said Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

"This is simply not appropriate for someone who wishes to serve on a federal bench," said Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Senate Judiciary Committee "should reject" Rao, she said on Monday.

Now considered as among the leading Democratic lawmakers, Jayapal was recently re-elected for her second consecutive term to the US House of Representatives.

If confirmed by the United States Senate, Rao, 45, would be the second Indian-American after Sree Srinivasan in this powerful court, which is considered a step below the US Supreme court.

However, unlike the nomination process of Srinivasan, wherein the entire Indian-American community was united and campaigned aggressively for his confirmation, Indian-Americans are a bitterly divided lot this time.

"Her controversial writings set the stage for the damage she has done as President Trump's administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where she has led the Trump administration's aggressive regulatory agenda to undermine civil rights and public protections," said Vanita Gupta, a leading Indian-American legal luminary.

"Rao's demonstrated hostility to the civil and human rights of all should disqualify her from a lifetime appointment on the federal judiciary. We urge all senators to reject her nomination," Gupta said in a strongly worded statement.

She alleged that Rao had already proven that she is incapable of serving as a fair and impartial judge on the federal bench.

"Her past is her prologue," said Gupta, who currently is president and the CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Rao is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
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Re: The Judge Who Replaced Brett Kavenaugh
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 05:02:58 pm »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neomi_Rao

Neomi Jehangir Rao (born March 22, 1973) is an American jurist and former academic and law professor who serves as a United States Circuit Judge-Designate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, appointed by President Donald Trump. She is a former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.[1]

Rao was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Indian immigrant parents. After graduating from Detroit Country Day School, she attended Yale University and then the University of Chicago Law School. She earned a one-year clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court, then entered private practice as an associate at the British law firm Clifford Chance. She worked for the U.S. government during the latter half of George W. Bush's presidency, then became a professor of law at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law, and she founded the school's Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[2]


Contents
1   Education and legal career
2   Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator
3   Nomination to court of appeals
4   Personal life
5   References
6   Selected publications
7   External links
Education and legal career
Rao was born in Detroit, Michigan, to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India,[3] raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and was educated at Detroit Country Day School.[4] After graduating from high school, Rao attended Yale University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in ethics, politics & economics, and philosophy with highest distinction. Rao then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated in 1999 with a Juris Doctor with highest honors. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1999 to 2000, then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 2001 to 2002.[5]

After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change she advocated),[5] where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[6][5]

She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section's regulatory policy committee.[1][7] She is a member of the Federalist Society.[8]

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator
On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Rao to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget. Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley (who served under President George W. Bush) described Rao as "an excellent choice to lead OIRA...In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy."[9] Legal commentator and law professor Jonathan H. Adler wrote that "Trump's selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens."[1] Rao was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on July 10, 2017.[10]

Nomination to court of appeals
On November 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Rao to the seat Justice Brett Kavanaugh previously occupied on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[11] Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[12] On January 3, 2019, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6, of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Rao for a federal judgeship.[13] Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[14]

A hearing on her nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on February 5, 2019. Rao was asked by several Senators about her college writings, some of which they viewed as sexual assault victim blaming. Rao responded that "A victim of a horrible crime is not to blame and the person who commits those crimes should be held responsible."[15] Democrats expressed concern that rules Rao worked to repeal in her role as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs could face legal challenges and wind up before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considered the second most powerful appeals court. Rao said she would "look carefully at the standards for recusal, consult with her colleagues and follow the precedent and practices of the D.C. Circuit."[15] On February 28, 2019, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 1210 vote.[16] On March 13, 2019, the Senate voted to confirm Rao by a 5346 vote. She is currently awaiting her judicial commission.
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