Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court was met with high praise from his former law clerks on Tuesday.
As Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump, his nomination earned high marks from multiple people who clerked for Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before working for justices President Obama selected to serve on the Supreme Court.
"Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is a brilliant and principled jurist with a deep respect for the rule of law and the judiciary's role as guardian of the Constitution," said Janie Nitze, a former Gorsuch clerk who also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. "And, as all those who had have the great fortune to clerk for him can attest, he is also a man of abiding decency and integrity. He will not favor a narrow set of litigants or interests, but rather will serve as a justice for all Americans. I could not be more thrilled by, or confident in the wisdom of, the president's choice."
Matt Owen, a former Gorsuch clerk who also worked as an attorney for then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan in 2009-10, said Trump's decision to choose the Colorado judge was pitch perfect.
"As a former law clerk to both Judge Gorsuch and Justice Scalia, I know Judge Gorsuch is the best possible choice to fill Justice Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court," Owen said. "He is not only a principled and brilliant jurist committed to the Constitution, but also a fair-minded and decent man who has earned the respect and admiration of those who know him."
The positive reviews from clerks with experience working along both sides of the judiciary's ideological divide will likely help Gorsuch as he prepares for a bruising confirmation fight with Senate Democrats.