PLF Statement on Gorsuch Confirmation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. & WASHINGTON--()--“It is a relief that the Supreme Court is fully staffed with nine justices, now that the superbly well-qualified Justice Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to take his place on the court,” said James S. Burling, Vice President for Litigation with Pacific Legal Foundation.

“With only eight justices on what is often an evenly divided court, the court hasn’t been able to decide some of the toughest issues confronting the nation. Now it can,” he said.

“Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation matters very much to all of us,” Burling continued. “He will help determine how much power belongs to the bureaucrats and how much is retained by the people. He will help decide what our laws actually mean. And he will rule on which laws undermine our liberties, and which do not.

“As with all of his predecessors over the past 228 years, Justice Gorsuch will undoubtedly surprise us,” said Burling. “He will be confronted by new and novel laws and regulations, new and novel attempts to evade our rights, and new arguments supporting or opposing all of the above. And through all that, he will learn and grow, just as every justice has learned and grown.

“But with the firm understanding of the law and the Constitution that he has demonstrated so far, we do not expect him to grow apart from the Constitution,” Burling observed. “Indeed, our fervent hope is that Justice Gorsuch never loses sight of the fundamental principles upon which our republic was founded: Power ultimately rests in the people and the role of government is to secure our liberties rather than threaten them.”

“PLF has successfully argued and won more Supreme Court cases than any other public interest law firm of its size,” said Steven Anderson, President and CEO of Pacific Legal Foundation. “We look forward to presenting our cases before Justice Gorsuch, whose thoughtful understanding of the law and the Constitution should serve the nation well.”

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About Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation, America’s most powerful ally for justice, litigates in courts nationwide for limited government, property rights, individual liberty, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.

Contacts

Pacific Legal Foundation
James S. Burling, 916-419-7111
Vice President for Litigation
jsb@pacificlegal.org
Steven Anderson, 916-419-7111
President and CEO
SAnderson@pacificlegal.org
Kate A. Pomeroy, 970-274-4063
DC Media Director
kap@pacificlegal.org
www.pacificlegal.org

Release Summary

It is a relief that the Supreme Court is fully staffed with nine justices, now that the superbly well-qualified Justice Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to take his place on the court

Contacts

Pacific Legal Foundation
James S. Burling, 916-419-7111
Vice President for Litigation
jsb@pacificlegal.org
Steven Anderson, 916-419-7111
President and CEO
SAnderson@pacificlegal.org
Kate A. Pomeroy, 970-274-4063
DC Media Director
kap@pacificlegal.org
www.pacificlegal.org