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In the News: Harriet Miers
Harriet Miers made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4 and 5/6 on October 24, 2005
By Alexandra Cale

Harriet Miers
President Bush listens as White House counsel Harriet Miers speaks from the Oval Office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, in Washington. This is also after he nominated Miers, the first women president of the Texas State Bar and Bush's former personal attorney, as is his choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day OConnor on the Supreme Court.
(Photo: ©Ron Edmonds/AP Wide World)
Harriet Miers was nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bush on October 3. She is currently the White House counsel, or the President's lawyer. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she will replace Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

"If confirmed, I recognize that I will have a tremendous responsibility to keep our judicial system strong and to help ensure that the courts meet their obligations to strictly apply the laws and the Constitution," said Miers in response to her nomination.

Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1945, Miers considers herself "a Texas through and through." She earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University. Miers worked in a private law practice for 27 years. She became the first female president of both the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

When President Bush was elected in 2001, Miers moved to Washington, D.C. She served as assistant to the President and Staff Secretary for two years before being promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and finally to her current position as the President's chief legal advisor.

Republicans and Democrats alike have raised concerns about Miers's nomination. While she has extensive experience as a lawyer, she has never been a judge. Her views on controversial issues are unknown because she has no voting history. President Bush has faced criticism for nominating Miers because she is a close personal friend.

But the President remains confident in his selection for the next Associate Justice. He claims she is "exceptionally well-suited for the position" because she has "devoted her life to the rule of law and the cause of justice."