NCAI Action Alert: Send Letter of Support for President Obama’s Nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS NOMINATION | NCAI Sends Letter of Support for President Obama’s Nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Urges Tribes to Contact the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Support

The National Congress of American Indians supports President Obama’s nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Millett has represented tribal governments in her law practice, and NCAI believes she will be a valuable addition to the federal judiciary.

Ms. Millett heads Akin Gump’s Supreme Court practice and co-heads the firm’s national appellate practice. She has demonstrated knowledge of federal Indian law and issues facing Indian Country, and it is critical that federal court judges understand the effect their decisions often have on the unique trust relationship between Indian tribes and the United States, and core tenets of federal Indian law.

For these reasons, NCAI submitted a letter of support for the nomination of Patricia Millet to the federal judiciary and urges tribes to do the same. Find template letter here.  Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, recently showed his support for Ms. Millet by announcing that the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a confirmation hearing for Ms. Millet on July 10, 2013, adding that she “should have broad bipartisan support” (See Full Statement Here).

Please click here for the Contact Information for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Brief Bio for Patricia Millet

Ms. Millet graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. Since then, she has worked diligently and developed a distinguished resume. She served in the Solicitor General’s Office for more than 11 years through both the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations, and has argued more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any other woman – the majority of these cases being argued while within the Office of the Solicitor General. While there, she received outstanding accolades for her work, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for representing the interests of the United States Government before the Supreme Court in July 2004.

Ms. Millett has argued a total of 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her most recent argument before the Court was on March 18, 2013, in Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council, Inc., a case which struck down an Arizona state law that required national voter registration applicants to supply proof of citizenship beyond that already required by Congress in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Late last month, the Supreme Court issued its decision in that matter which held that the NVRA pre-empted the additional state requirements, upholding federal voting rights for all citizens – Court Opinion Here.

NCAI Contact Information: Derrick Beetso, Staff Attorney – dbeetso@ncai.org


Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.

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