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October 20, 2005

The Honorable Arlen Specter
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Ranking Member,
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Nomination of Harriet Miers for the U.S. Supreme Court

Dear Mr. Chairman and Senator Leahy:

As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for upcoming hearings on the nomination of Harriet Miers to
the U.S. Supreme Court, we wanted to make sure that the members of your committee know that women of
all political stripes in Texas consider Ms. Miers as uniquely qualified for the Supreme Court.

As two of the other former female presidents of the State Bar of Texas, we followed the trail blazed by
Harriet Miers. We represent vastly different political philosophies, however, we agree that Ms. Miers is an
excellent choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement. Ms.
Miers broke the glass ceiling for thousands of female attorneys. As the first female president of the Dallas
Bar Association, first female president of the State Bar of Texas and the first female managing partner of a
major Texas law firm, Ms. Miers will bring some much needed “real life” experience to the Supreme

The State Bar of Texas is one of the largest legal organizations in the world, with membership near 70,000
today. Thousands of its members are located outside of Texas, and many Texas members practice in
Washington, D.C., New York and throughout the country. Unlike many state bars, the State Bar of Texas
elects its president through a statewide election, conducted after intense statewide campaigns. Winning
such an election, especially as the first woman to win that election, is a professional recognition of her
diverse experience and qualifications. Ms. Miers’ leadership paved the way for each of us, and we
recognize the debt of gratitude that we owe her.

Further, as lawyers who have worked with Ms. Miers for more than two decades, we know she has the
competence and qualifications to be an extraordinary justice. She has practiced with one of Texas’ finest
firms, dealing with complex litigation cases. With commercial litigation accounting for an increasing
percentage of the Supreme Court’s docket, we are confident that her colleagues on the Court will grow to
rely on her expertise.

In short, Harriet Miers is one of the smartest, hardest working and most gracious people we have ever met,
and she has been a credit to the State Bar of Texas, her law firm and the White House. We are certain that
she will be a credit to the Supreme Court, as well.


Lynne Liberato Betsy Whitaker
Past President (2000-2001) Past President (2003-2004)
State Bar of Texas State Bar of Texas