Statements and Speeches
WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced Virginia Seitz, President Obama's nominee to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Justice Department, to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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A copy of Sen. Carper's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows:
"I have the great honor and pleasure of introducing Virginia Seitz, the President's nominee to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Justice Department. The President has made a wise choice in nominating Ms. Seitz for this position.
"Our country is fortunate that someone with her outstanding credentials has stepped forward to do this important work. Ms. Seitz's education, background and experience are superbly suited for this position.
"As a student at Duke University, Virginia Seitz graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, after which she was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. She later earned her law degree from the University at Buffalo, graduating first in her class.
"After law school, Ms. Seitz clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Currently, Ms. Seitz is a partner at the law firm of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. She is one of the nation's leading appellate litigators. With over 20 years of litigation experience, Virginia Seitz has prepared hundreds of briefs and petitions for federal courts, and more than 100 briefs for the Supreme Court alone.
"Aside from her professional experience, Virginia Seitz is a person of great character. She is joined today by several members of her family, including her husband, Roy McLeese; her son, Roy; and one of her three brothers, C.J. Seitz. Jr.
"Virginia is proud of her family's deep roots in Delaware. Her father, C.J. Seitz, attended the University of Delaware and then obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.
"C.J. Seitz served as Vice Chancellor, and then Chancellor, of the Delaware Court of Chancery, earning distinction for his decisions in crucial civil rights cases. After 20 years on the Delaware bench, C.J. Seitz joined the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. As Virginia has said, he was a "great man," and I know that he is proud of his daughter today.
"And I, too, am proud to have the privilege of introducing someone who has done, and who will continue to do, great service for the nation. With her legal acumen, her tireless work ethic, and her experience as a federal litigator, Virginia Seitz is more than qualified to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. I urge my colleagues, in this Committee and in the Senate as whole, to move quickly on her confirmation."