Visiting Professor Pamela Harris Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

May 9, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center Visiting Professor Pamela Harris has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

"Throughout her career, Pamela Harris has shown unwavering integrity and an outstanding commitment to public service," said President Obama in a statement. "I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Court of Appeals."

"Pamela is remarkably well suited to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals. She has been a dedicated public servant, practiced at one of the nation's most esteemed law firms, and, of course, been a highly valued member of the Georgetown Law community. She has enriched the lives of her students and colleagues beyond measure," said Dean William M. Treanor. "Most importantly, Pamela has an unshakeable commitment to the pursuit of justice that will make her an extraordinary judge."

Until 2009, Harris was a partner and then of counsel at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, where she was a member of the Supreme Court and appellate practice, specializing in public interest litigation. Harris served as principal deputy to the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy from 2010 to 2012.  Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown Law. She returned to the Law Center in 2012, and in addition to her role as visiting professor, serves as senior adviser to the Supreme Court Institute. 

Harris has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard’s Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Before joining O’Melveny, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 1993 to 1996, she worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. She served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Harris earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. 

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