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The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography)

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President George W. Bush nominated Leslie H. Southwick in 2007 to the federal appeals court, Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans. Initially, Southwick seemed a consensus nominee. Just days before his hearing, though, a progressive advocacy group distributed the results of research it had conducted on opinions of the state court on which he had served for twelve years. Two opinions Southwick had signed off on but not written became the center of the debate over the next five months. One dealt with a racial slur by a state worker, the other with a child custody battle between a father and a bisexual mother. Apparent bipartisan agreement for a quick confirmation turned into a long set of battles in the Judiciary Committee, on the floor of the Senate, and in the media.

In early August, Senator Dianne Feinstein completely surprised her committee colleagues by supporting Southwick. Hers was the one Democratic vote needed to move the nomination to the full Senate. Then in late October, by a two-vote margin, he received the votes needed to end a filibuster. Confirmation followed.

Southwick recounts the four years he spent at the Department of Justice, the twelve years on a state court, and his military service in Iraq while deployed with a Mississippi National Guard Brigade. During the nomination inferno Southwick maintained a diary of the many events, the conversations and emails, the joys and despairs, and quite often, the prayers and sense of peace his faith gave him--his memoir bears significant spiritual content. Throughout the struggle, Southwick learned that perspective and growth are important to all of us when making decisions, and he grew to accept his critics, regardless of outcome. In The Nominee there is no rancor, and instead the book expresses the understanding that the difficult road to success was the most helpful one for him, both as a man and as a judge.

Synopsis:

A firsthand account of the murky, faith-straightening processes by which federal judges are confirmed

About the Author

Leslie H. Southwick, Jackson, Mississippi, is Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617039126
Author:
Southwick, Leslie H.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Lawyers & Judges
Subject:
Memoir
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Politics
Subject:
Biography-Lawyers and Judges
Series:
Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25, 25 bandw photographs
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Lawyers and Judges
History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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