Whatever Happened to Harriet Miers?
With Justice Alito writing the last two opinions of the Term, I was overwhelmed by a sense of curiosity about what happened to Harriet Miers–President Bush’s first pick for Justice Alito’s seat. Turns out that after she left the Administration she went back to her old law firm–here is her firm bio. It’s interesting that the profile does not list “Nominated to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court” as one of her accomplishments (after all, how many other people can say that?)
In my draft article (almost done!), I note that Justice Fortas’s ethical problems made it much harder for presidents to appoint a close advisor to the Court without getting hit with the charge of cronyism. The Miers nomination reinforced that understanding, though she had other issues.