Friday :: Oct 7, 2005

Harriet Miers: Adventures of a Curious Character, Part 1

by eriposte

Picking up from Steve's post...

Harriet Miers, 1995 [via MSNBC] (emphasis mine):

In the process, Miers unleashed a verbal assault on trial lawyers who typically file lawsuits and whose cases sometimes land in the U.S. Supreme Court, where Bush now has nominated her to serve. She suggested they were “greedy” and had “brought shame” on Texas.

As a corporate attorney in 1995, Miers stepped into a battle between trial lawyers and proponents of limiting lawsuits. She pressed the future president to veto legislation that would have blocked the Texas Supreme Court from limiting attorney fees.

Harriet Miers, March 1993 in Texas Bar Journal, "What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate" (emphasis mine):

...Yet a recent story about the atmosphere which prevails at the Harvard Law School among both its faculty and students...
The article is shocking in content for two principal reasons. It describes some of the best and brightest among our nation's people as deeply divided along political and philosophical lines with an inability to engage in civil dialogue. Secondly, the story depicts the conduct of some of these best and brightest in our legal community as suggestive of a disturbing lack of respect for anyone with a different view.
We [lawyers] should be role models for our nation and its people and we should be leaders. If lawyers fail to achieve respect for one another and cultivate civility among members of the profession, then it is predictable that society as a whole will fail.
A commitment to the system requires strengthened efforts to demonstrate the value of education, the need for a willingness to listen and continue debate, the vow to not personalize arguments so as to eliminate unnecessary hostilities, and the urgency of regaining the ability to maintain mutual respect for the rights of our colleagues - despite even violent differences in views.

Harriet Miers, January 1993, in Texas Bar Journal, "Focusing on the Positive" (emphasis mine):

The best counterattack for the organized bar to lawyer bashing is public education about lawyers, the justice system, and the good work of organized bars and individual lawyers. More than ever before, the legal community feels unfairly targeted for criticism. Lawyers in greater numbers are looking to the organized bar to correct misstated or misrepresented facts about lawyers and to zealously defend the legal system and the profession.
In his October Opinion in this Journal my colleague, TYLA President Steve Martin, artfully assailed the Republican administration for seizing "the perceived low public regard for lawyers to fashion a campaign strategy based on the disparagement of lawyers." Lawyers, in large number, want the State Bar and other organizations to "fight back."

May I humbly suggest, Ms. Miers, that you owe your trial lawyer colleagues an apology?

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