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Mrs. GILLIBRAND. Madam President, so many good things about Caitlin Halligan have already been said. She is a woman of great intellect, has a history of laudable achievements, a record of outstanding public service, and she deserves the full support of the Senate today.
Caitlin has had an exceptional career as an attorney, and I am confident she will make an excellent judge. She is currently the general counsel at the New York City District Attorney's Office, an office that investigates and prosecutes 100,000 criminal cases annually in Manhattan.
She served as our Solicitor General. She was awarded ``Best United States Supreme Court Brief'' while she served there.
She has overwhelming support from law enforcement, from the New York Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York State Sheriffs Association, the National District Attorneys Association, the New York Women in Law Enforcement, along with the support of community leaders, such as the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, and the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce.
The bottom line is, she is a well-qualified judge who would do great service for the United States. Even New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly said Caitlin has the ``three qualities important for a judicial nominee: intelligence, a judicial temperament, and personal integrity.'' She has a strong record.
As to the debate we have heard on national security, Caitlin lives in the heart of New York City. She saw the Twin Towers fall. In the years that followed, she worked as pro bono counsel to the board of directors of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation that oversees the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan--helping our city to grow stronger every single day.
Lastly, today, women make up roughly 30 percent of the Federal bench. For the first time in history, that holds true in trial courts, courts of appeals, and the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
It is true we have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go on this journey for full equality. I think she is a superbly qualified nominee, and I urge my colleagues to vote in support of her.
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