Gardner Introduces Justice Allison Eid at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C.– Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to the Judiciary Committee at her confirmation hearing to become the next judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


You can watch Senator Gardner’s remarks by clicking here.


Gardner has been a vocal supporter of Allison Eid and released a statement when she was nominated to the post in June.



Remarks as Prepared For Delivery:


Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, thank you for the opportunity to speak before the committee today.  It is an honor and a genuine pleasure to be here to introduce my good friend, Justice Allison H. Eid, and to offer my strong support for her confirmation as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


There is no doubt that Justice Eid is superbly qualified for the position.


For the past decade she has served as a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court.  And in 2008, Justice Eid was overwhelmingly retained by the people of Colorado.  Prior to her appointment, Justice Eid represented the State of Colorado before the state and federal courts as the state’s Solicitor General.  She also served as a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Law, where she has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Legislation, and Torts, and she has published scholarly articles on topics like constitutional federalism and tort law. 


In addition, Justice Eid has practiced commercial and appellate litigation at the Denver office of the national law firm Arnold and Porter.  Justice Eid began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Jerry E. Smith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She then served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Prior to attending law school, Justice Eid was a Special Assistant and Speechwriter for United States Secretary of Education William J. Bennett.


She received her law degree from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was Articles Editor of Law Review.  She graduated with High Honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif.  She received her A.B. in American Studies from Stanford University, graduating With Distinction and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 


What her resume makes clear is that, whatever Justice Eid does, she does it at the highest level.  Indeed, National Native American Bar Association has even noted that she has “significantly more experience with Indian law cases than any other recent Circuit Court nominee.”  She even does being a nominee at the highest level.


But as impressive as her credentials are, it is her demeanor and approach to the law that make her ideally suited for the court. 


Justice Eid has been called a “mainstream, commonsense Westerner.”  She is also, as her former law clerks have noted, “fiercely independent” and she will decide cases “as she believes the law requires.”  At the same time, she seeks out different viewpoints and wants to understand all sides of each issue she addresses. 


That is the professor I know from my days as a student at the University of Colorado School of Law.  I can say from personal experience that, while Justice Eid has her perspective on the law, she cares deeply about robust debate and hearing the views of others.  And I know from my classmates that did not always share her perspective that Justice Eid was open to their views—she engaged them—and she was never biased against differing perspectives.


Yet I also know that “fiercely independent” jurist her former clerks described.  Justice Eid will follow the law regardless of the popular wind.  Whether considering the plain meaning of a statute; discerning the proper role of the courts, the legislative branch, or the executive and its agencies; or evaluating the relationship between the federal government and the states, Justice Eid will side with what the law says.  And she will do it in that commonsense Westerner way.


It is a privilege to introduce Justice Eid to this committee.  And I look forward to working with this committee and all of our colleagues to confirm Justice Eid to the Tenth Circuit.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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