Among the federal court nominees languishing in the United States Senate is Leslie Southwick, nominee for the Fifth Circuit.
I was not familiar with Judge Southwick’s background, but upon reading the posts at WhiteHouse.gov, came across the following:
Judge Leslie H. Southwick is a highly respected attorney with an extensive record of public service as a judge and military officer.
- Judge Southwick has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
- Judge Southwick served as a member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals from the court’s creation in January 1995 through December 2006.
- In 2005, Judge Southwick served in Iraq as a member of the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Brigade Combat Team. While on active duty, he served as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate from August 2004 to July 2005 and then as Staff Judge Advocate from July to January 2006.
- From 1992 to 1997, he served as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the U.S. Army Reserves.
- Judge Southwick is currently a visiting professor at the Mississippi College School of Law, where he has been an adjunct professor since 1998. He also taught at the school from 1985 to 1989.
- From 1989 to 1993, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. His duties included supervising the Federal Programs Branch, which represents the United States in lawsuits, and the Office of Consumer Litigation, which enforces the country’s consumer protection laws.
- He had a general civil practice with the Jackson, Mississippi, firm of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, as an associate from 1977 to 1983 and as a partner from 1983 to 1989.
- Judge Southwick possesses excellent academic credentials and professional training.
- He served as a law clerk for Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge John F. Onion, Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
- He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975.
- He attended Rice University and graduated cum laude in 1972.
- Judge Southwick is dedicated to serving his community in many capacities.
- He has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in his community from 1993 to the present.
- He served as board member and president of the Jackson Servant Leadership Corps, which provided leadership training, religious support, and housing for recent college graduates who served the inner-city community for a year.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think a veteran of Iraq deserves a prompt hearing from the Judiciary Committee, and a quick up-or-down vote.