Patricia Millett

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Patricia Millett
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BornSeptember 1963 (age 49)
Dexter, Maine, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign

Harvard University
 
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Patricia Millett
Personal details
BornSeptember 1963 (age 49)
Dexter, Maine, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign

Harvard University

Patricia Ann Millett (born September 1963) is a Washington, D.C. attorney who has argued 32 cases before the United States Supreme Court, more than any other woman in private legal practice today.[1] She currently heads the Supreme Court practice at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Millett also is a longtime former assistant to the United States Solicitor General and served as an occasional blogger for SCOTUSblog. On June 4, 2013, President Obama announced that he is nominating Millett to serve as a United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Early life and education[edit source | edit]

Millett was born in 1963, in Dexter, Maine.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in political science summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. She then earned a law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.[1]

Professional career[edit source | edit]

Millett began her legal career by working from 1988 until 1990 in the litigation department of the Washington, D.C. law firm Miller & Chevalier. She then worked from 1990 until 1992 as a law clerk for United States Circuit Judge Thomas Tang on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[1]

From 1992 until 1996, Millett worked for four years for the United States Department of Justice Civil Division's appellate staff, briefing and arguing more than 20 cases before federal appeals courts and occasionally state appeals courts.[1]

In August 1996, Millett became an assistant to the United States Solicitor General, a position she held until September 2007. During that time, Millett argued 25 cases before the United States Supreme Court and briefed more than 50 cases.[1]

In 2007, Millett joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, co-chairing the firm's Supreme Court practice along with Tom Goldstein.[1]

In October 2007, Millett began blogging at SCOTUSblog.[3]

Possible future federal judicial service[edit source | edit]

Consideration for Fourth Circuit[edit source | edit]

In February 2009, Legal Times reported that Millett was one of five Virginia residents recommended by the voluntary Virginia Bar Association lawyer organization to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, along with Virginia state senator John S. Edwards, Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan, University of Virginia School of Law professor James Ryan and former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Thomas.[4] At that time, the Fourth Circuit had four judicial vacancies, one of which was a seat generally thought to belong to Virginia, and all five candidates were among a larger group of individuals who had proactively submitted their information to the VBA and ostensibly hoped to be considered for a nomination to the Fourth Circuit by President Barack Obama.

On February 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar separately deemed Millett to be "highly qualified" for the vacancy, along with Edwards, Keenan, and attorney Richard A. Simpson.[5]

President Barack Obama delivers a statement announcing the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins, Nina Pillard, and Patricia Millett

Consideration for D.C. Circuit[edit source | edit]

On May 27, 2013, the New York Times reported that President Obama is considering nominating Millett to one of three vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[6]

On June 4, 2013, Obama nominated Millett to serve as a United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to the seat vacated by Judge John Roberts, who was elevated to the United States Supreme Court on September 25, 2005. The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held hearing on her nomination on July 10, 2013,[7] and reported her nomination to the floor on August 1, 2013, by a vote of 10 ayes to 8 nays, entirely along party lines.[8]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Millett and her husband, Robert King, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.[4]

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