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Hearing Of the Senate Judiciary Committee for Confirmation of Five Federal Court Nominees

Location: Washington, DC

Hearing Of the Senate Judiciary Committee for Confirmation of Five Federal Court Nominees


U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) appeared today before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to consider the nominations of five federal court nominees, including two from Colorado, Philip Brimmer and Christine Arguello. Allard's testimony at the hearing included the following comments regarding Ms. Arguello and Mr. Brimmer:

"Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, distinguished members of the Committee, I am joined today by my colleague and friend Senator Salazar to speak on behalf of Christine Arguello and Philip Brimmer, two individuals nominated by President Bush to fill judicial vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

"Christine Arguello, rated as "qualified" by the American Bar Association, and Phil Brimmer, rated as "well qualified" by the ABA, would capably and honorably serve the citizens of Colorado and the United States if confirmed.

"It is critical to the administration of justice that this vacancy on Colorado's federal district bench, along with the other two vacancies that have existed since last year, be filled immediately. I am pleased that we are joined today by Senator Salazar in what I hope is an early indicator of broad, bipartisan support for these nominees.

"I look forward to a fair and dignified confirmation process, the outcome of which I am confident will reveal two highly-qualified nominees deserving of confirmation.

"Congratulations, Phil and Christine, and, on behalf of the citizens of Colorado, thank you for your willingness to serve this great country."

Philip Brimmer
"Anyone familiar with Philip Brimmer's professional credentials can attest to his intelligence and his talent. Anyone familiar with Philip Brimmer, as an individual, would certainly observe that he is respectful, loyal, and good-humored. His integrity, honesty and professional dedication to public service also contribute to making Philip Brimmer a "rare find."

"From my conversations with Mr. Brimmer, it is clear that he recognizes the proper role of the judiciary. His personal qualities and character coupled with his professional experience, an ABA rating of "well qualified", and outstanding bipartisan recommendations from within Colorado's legal community make Philip Brimmer ideally suited to service on the federal district court.

Christine Arguello
"This is not my first endorsement of Ms. Arguello. In 1999, I made a recommendation to then President Clinton to nominate Ms. Arguello for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. This past January I again offered her name to President Bush and urged he consider nominating Christine Arguello to fill a vacant judgeship on Colorado's federal district court.

"Described by many as a "trailblazer", Ms. Arguello and the wide-ranging experiences and accomplishments she brings with her would make her a great asset to the federal bench. In addition to being the first Hispanic from Colorado to be admitted to Harvard Law School and the first Hispanic to be promoted to partner at one of the "Big Four" law firms in Colorado, Ms. Arguello has added "law professor" to a long list of accomplishments. She became a tenured professor at the University of Kansas Law School and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver College of Law as an adjunct professor and visiting professor respectfully.

"Christine Arguello is a top-flight nominee who I am proud to introduce to the distinguished members of the Committee.

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