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October 27, 2005

Grading Miers: late work requires a deduction

I have previously suggested what I thought might be the best argument for Harriet Miers, but this morning now brings news that presents me with a strong and tangible reason to be disappointed in Miers.  According to this damning article in the New York Sun, Miers apparently did not submit her revised Senate Questionnaire in a timely fashion.  I believe a late submission by Miers, apparently without a request for more time, sets a terrible example for lawyers and law students everywhere.

Though I tend to be a softie professor, I am always very strict when enforcing submission deadlines for written work.  To simulate the realities of lawyering, I tell my students that there will be no informal extensions and that they must seek a formal extension by "filing" a written motion, with supporting papers, in my office mailbox.  Not surprisingly, I am still waiting to receive my first extension motion, and my students come to understand the importance of timely submissions in the work of lawyers.

Over here at confirmthem, feddie reasonably speculates that the delayed responses may be a sign of an imminent Miers' withdrawal.  Or perhaps Miers' excuse will be that she was exhausted from staying up on Tuesday night to watch Game 3 of the World Series, and then she was too depressed to finish her work on Wednesday.  Whatever the reason, I find this latest "late" development to be a pretty significant strike against the nominee.

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UPDATE: Even though Harriet Miers has withdrawn and her blog has gone black, you can now access from SCOTUSblog here her second questionnaire answers.  Extra points to anyone who reads this or who finds anything noteworthy in what now appears to be a lot of wasted effort.

October 27, 2005 at 08:19 AM | Permalink


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