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Letters to the 107th Congress

July 16, 2001

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

It has come to our attention that there is now a vacancy on the Court of International Trade. As you know, this Court is called upon to shape international trade and customs law, highly specialized areas that are important to the nation's economic well being.

The American Bar Association has long urged that the nomination and appointment process for the selection of judges for the Court of International Trade reflect the specialized nature of the Court's substantive jurisdiction, the nationwide impact of the Court's decisions, and its status as an Article Three Court. In that regard, I wish to call to your attention a resolution adopted by the Association's House of Delegates in 1987 that makes two specific suggestions:

  1. "Consistent with the Court's status as a national court, nominees should be selected without reference to geographic considerations" and

  2. "It would be useful if nominees had, in addition to other qualifications, experience with the international trade and customs laws administered by the Court."

We continue to believe that this policy should apply as a guide in the nomination and appointment process for the selection of judges for the Court of International Trade. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you or your staff to discuss this important issue.

Thank you for your consideration of these views.

Sincerely,

Robert E. Lutz
Chair-Elect
Section of International Law and Practice
American Bar Association

cc: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee

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