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New York District Court Nominee Jesse Furman's Letter Supporting Goodwin Liu

May 12, 2010

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: 202‐224‐9516

The Honorable Jeff Sessions, Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
152 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: 202‐224‐9102

Dear Members of the Judiciary Committee:

We write in our personal capacities on behalf of our law school classmate, Professor Goodwin Liu, who recently testified before your committee as a judicial nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

We were Goodwin’s classmates at Yale Law School. Attending law school can be an intense experience, during which classmates get to know each other intimately through sharing, debating, and challenging each other’s thoughts, reasoning, and views on many aspects of the law. We studied, worked, and learned alongside Goodwin for three years, and had the opportunity to observe and know him as few others could. The portrait of Goodwin that emerged from our experience with him is one of an extremely smart and hardworking colleague, widely respected equally for his intellect as for his open‐mindedness, ability to understand all sides of an issue, and respect for contrary views and those who held them. He was always even‐tempered and unassuming, never one to promote himself or impose his views on others. Goodwin was unafraid to challenge orthodoxy, whether liberal or conservative, and he approached all issues with a discerning, independent mind.

It surprised no one in our class that Goodwin went on to clerk at the Supreme Court, became a law professor at a top law school, and has become a well‐known author whose rigorous scholarship and legal acumen are respected even by those who disagree with him, and has accomplished so much already in his career. His qualifications for the bench are outstanding, and we can confidently say, based on what we know first‐hand, that Goodwin would approach every case with diligence, care, and impartiality. He would be a generous and trustworthy colleague, and he would fully embrace and faithfully discharge his duty to follow the law. No one can doubt Goodwin’s intellect, and no one who knows him well can doubt his integrity or commitment to the rule of law.

Although we represent diverse areas of legal practice, have widely ranging legal philosophies, and possess differing political views, we comfortably agree that in our personal opinions, Goodwin is a person of unassailable integrity, remarkable intellect, carefully considered views, a measured temperament, and a commitment to the rule of law.

We urge you to confirm Goodwin Liu. He is eminently qualified and possesses the intellect, discipline, and temperament to serve with the utmost distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

John G. Balestriere

Elena A. Baylis, Associate Professor,
University of Pittsburgh Law School

Jeanette Melendez Bead, Partner, Levine

Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P.
Ramamoorthi Bhaskar, Independent Scholar

Robert A. Bonta, Deputy City Attorney, San
Francisco City Attorney's Office

Julius Buchanan
Christina Duffy Burnett, Associate Professor
of Law, Columbia University

Jennifer M. Chacon, Professor of Law,
University of California, Irvine, School of Law

Edward Chang, New Haven, Connecticut

Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor, George
Washington University

Partha P. Chattoraj, Partner, Markowitz &
Chattoraj LLP

Gregory S. Chernack, Partner, Hollingsworth

Andrew Chin, Associate Professor, University
of North Carolina School of Law

Iris Chiu, New York, New York

Polly A. Clark, Charlottesville, Virginia

Alicia Davis, Ann Arbor, Michigan

J. Benjamin Davis, Partner, Brooks, Pierce,
McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

Melvin T. Davis, Private Equity Professional

Marie DeFalco, New York and New Jersey

Derek R. Douglas, Special Assistant to the
President for Urban Policy, The White House,
Domestic Policy Council

Ariela Dubler, Professor of Law, Columbia
Law School 

Lawrence Liu, Los Angeles, California

Andrea Luby, Kansas City, Missouri

Joseph W. Luby, Attorney, Public Interest
Litigation Clinic

Juli Ann Lund, Counsel, Williams & Connolly

John Ma, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Gerard N. Magliocca, Professor of Law,
Indiana University — Indianapolis

Paul S. Mandell, CEO, Consero Group LLC

Hannah C. McElhinny, Deputy Trial Chief,
Public Defender Service for the District of
Columbia, Washington DC

Dmitri L. Mehlhorn

Robin M. Meriweather, Washington, D.C.

Paul H. Meyer, Chairman & President, Voxiva,

Gail H. Miller, Brooklyn, New York

Marshall L. Miller, Brooklyn, New York

Allison H. Moore, Programme Manager -
Human Rights, Legal and Justice Sector
Reform, Democratic Governance Unit,
UNDP Indonesia

Hari M. Osofsky, Associate Professor,
Washington & Lee University School of Law

Daniel W. Park, Chief Campus Counsel,
University of California, San Diego

Amanda T. Perez, New York, New York

Erik S. Pitchal, Assistant Clinical Professor of
Law, Suffolk University Law School

Susannah Pollvogt

Richard A. Primus, Professor of Law, The
University of Michigan 

Kianga Ellis, Founder, Avail Art LLC

Matthew J. Fader, Baltimore, Maryland

J. Steven Farr, Washington, D.C.

Jesse M. Furman, New York, New York

Jonathan D. Glater, Director of Academic
Support, U.C. Irvine School of Law

Camille Gear Rich, Associate Professor of Law,
USC Gould School of Law

Robin S. Golden, Selma M. Levine Clinical
Lecturer in Law and Ludwig Community
Development Fellow, Yale Law School

Robert M. Gordon

Rachel J. Harris, Los Angeles, California

Kendra Kekelis Hartman, Chicago, Illinois

Stephen J. Hess

Damon J. Hemmerdinger, Principal, ATCO
Advisory Services

Janile Hill, Chicago, Illinois

Joel D. Hornstein, Founder & Chief Investment
Officer, Structural Investment Management

Steven M. Juris, New York, New York

Benjamin S. Kerschberg, Co‐Founder and VP,
Corporate Development & Strategy, Consero
Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland

Mark H. Kim, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson

Matthew Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge

Jonathan M. Landy, Bethesda, Maryland

Cynji Lee, Assistant County Attorney for
Miami‐Dade County, Florida

Amy L. Levine, Washington, D.C. Sonja Petersen Rodman, Arlington, Virginia

Andrea Roth, Teaching Fellow, Stanford Law

Michael Rubin, Washington, D.C.

Amy M. Sanford, Nashville, Tennessee

Gregory R. Schwartz, M.D., Brigham and
Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Peter Schwartz, Partner, Covington & Burling

Thomas E. Shakow, Washington, D.C.

Alison Siegler, Assistant Clinical Professor of
Law, University of Chicago Law School

Jason Small, Takoma Park, Maryland

Craig Spruce, New York, New York

Joshua Steinglass, New York, New York

Gloria Tan, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law

Mark Trachtenberg, Partner, Haynes and
Boone LLP

Tanya Hairston Whitner, Atlanta, Georgia

P. Renée Wicklund, Of Counsel, Kirkland &
Ellis LLP

Harry M. Wingo, Washington, D.C.

Andrea R. Wood

Monica Y. Youn

Jonathan Zhu, Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Goodrich & Rosati P.C.