Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Roberts Listed in Federalist Society '97-98 Directory

Court Nominee Said He Has No Memory of Membership

From the Washington Post:

  • Over the weekend, The Post obtained a copy of the Federalist Society Lawyers' Division Leadership Directory, 1997-1998. It lists Roberts, then a partner at the law firm Hogan & Hartson, as a member of the steering committee of the organization'sWashington chapter and includes his firm's address and telephone number.
  • Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Roberts "has no recollection of being a member of the Federalist Society, or its steering committee." Roberts hasacknowledged taking part in some Federalist Society activities, Perino said.
  • Yesterday, a liberal organization that has been skeptical of Roberts's nomination said that the White House's description of his relationship with the society showed the need to take a close look at his background.
  • What matters is whether he hung out with them and not whether he signed the form or wrote the dues check," said David Garrow, a law professor at Emory University. "What's important is the intellectual immersion."
  • The questions about Roberts's involvement with the society may come down to the meaning of the word "membership."