On October 22, the Senate Judiciary Committee referred the nomination of Kathryn Kimball Mizelle to the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida to the full senate. In doing so, Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC) broke committee rules for the second time in a single week, requiring at least two minority party members to be present to hold a vote.
A mere eight years ago, having graduated law school, Mizelle lacks the proper experience, or any meaningful experience, for a lifetime appointment. Mizelle has been a practicing attorney for only four years and has tried two cases to verdict – neither at the senior level. Citing her glaring lack of experience, the American Bar Association found her “Not Qualified” for a lifetime appointment.
Furthermore, Mizelle has deep ties to some of the nation’s most conservative legal voices. She is a longtime member of the Federalist Society, an ultraconservative legal group, and spent three years on their DC Young Lawyers Chapter Steering Committee. She also completed a 2017 fellowship at the right-wing Claremont Institute, an organization whose president believes that “multiculturalism and its politics of identity pose an existential threat to the American political order.” Mizelle has also clerked for some of the nation’s most conservative judges, including William Pryor, Greg Katsas (opposed by NCJW), and Clarence Thomas (opposed by NCJW); and acted as counsel to the Associate Attorney at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions (opposed by NCJW).
NCJW strongly opposed the confirmation of Kathryn Kimball Mizelle to the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.