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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Law - What does a stalled U.S. Senate confirmation mean for the candidate?

Well, consider the case of Dawn Johnsen.

Juliet Eilperin's post at a Washington Post blog, The Fix, does just that, under the heading "Stalled nominee knows exactly what purgatory looks like." Some quotes:

But what does it mean for an individual, especially if you don't even get a floor vote in the end?

Consider the case of Dawn Johnsen, the Indiana University law professor whom President Obama picked to head the Justice Department's office of legal counsel in 2009. Johnsen, who came under fire for her writings about interrogation techniques practiced under President George W. Bush and her support for abortion rights, spent 14 months waiting for a confirmation vote before withdrawing her name from the process. Here are some of things you have to do as a nominee, even if you don't get the job in the end.

The post then lists six points; here are samples:
4. Persuade your spouse to give up all civic volunteer posts. Johnsen's husband, the president of non-profit community development organization, was active in several local organizations. But he ultimately had to give up his posts on the Monroe County school board, the board of a community homeless group and within their church in order to focus on their lives in Washington.

5. Get ready to defend footnotes. Johnsen was one of 13 lawyers who filed a brief in a 1989 abortion case on behalf of 77 organizations; a footnote in the brief analogized being forced to bear a child to involuntary servitude. Then-Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), who was a Republican at the time, brought the issue up in hearing and followed up with a formal question on it.

The ILB has a long list of earlier posts on Prof. Johnsen.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2014 01:18 PM
Posted to General Law Related