Wednesday, May 12, 2004

BYU ATTORNEY TAPPED FOR D.C. COURT OF APPEALS

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Whoa. This is exciting news:
Following months of speculation, the White House has nominated Brigham Young University's top lawyer for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

President Bush selected Thomas B. Griffith, 49, for the opening on the prestigious court, a vacancy created with the retirement of Justice Patricia Wald. Bush originally nominated Miguel Estrada for the position, but Estrada removed himself from consideration last year after months of a Democrat-led filibuster.
I heard rumors about this months ago, but I didn't put much stock in them. More on this in the Deseret News and the Washington Post (the Post article is behind a login).

MORE: I should note that by "BYU Attorney" I meant "General Counsel for BYU." Thomas Griffith received his law degree from the University of Virginia. The first linked article above (from the Salt Lake Tribune) says he was "a 1978 BYU valedictorian." I suppose that's his bachelor's degree.