Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Millett, Who Helped Author Important RFRA Brief, Confirmed For D.C. Circuit

As reported by the Washington Post, the U.S. Senate today, by a vote of 56-38, confirmed Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Millett served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1996-2007.  While serving in that role, she was one of the attorneys who wrote the U.S. government's brief in City of Boerne v. Flores, 1997 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 185, arguing unsuccessfully that the provisions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that applied to state governments represented a proper exercise of Congress's power under Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment.