NCL sent the following letter to the Counsel of the President in support of Karla Gilbride’s nomination to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
March 11, 2021
Ms. Dana Remus
Counsel to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Re: Support for the nomination of Karla Gilbride to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Dear Ms. Remus:
The National Consumers League urges the Biden Administration to nominate Ms. Karla Gilbride to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. As an organization founded in 1899 to advocate for the interests of consumers and workers, NCL believes that Ms. Gilbride would be an outstanding judge on one of the United States’ most important courts.
Ms. Gilbride’s legal acumen, combined with her compelling character traits of perseverance and integrity, make her uniquely suited to serve on our nation’s courts. She has devoted her career to representing the underserved and most vulnerable members of our society. From her early legal work representing disabled Americans fighting for equal treatment and opportunity, to her extraordinary appellate work on behalf of citizens returning from incarceration who, as consumers, were being charged outrageous prepaid card fees, to her successful legal work to hold predatory debt collectors accountable, Ms. Gilbride has demonstrated not only superior oral and written legal skills, but also an unyielding dedication to protecting and serving the public interest.
As the executive director of the National Consumers League, I have witnessed Ms. Gilbride’s stalwart legal advocacy on behalf of consumers. She is a precise and thoughtful legal thinker. Many of us in the consumer community have admired her ability to explain complex legal concepts in basic terms, have benefitted from her willingness to comment on draft briefs and help other attorneys prepare for oral argument. She is a skilled advocate, a generous colleague, and a powerful public ambassador to policymakers on issues that are important to consumers.
Our federal courts must reflect the full range of professional legal experience, including those with legal services backgrounds. Karla Gilbride, who has used her prodigious legal skills to effectively represent marginalized people while also combatting challenges in her own life, is exactly the kind of judge the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals needs.
We thank you for your consideration and ask if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us.
National Consumers League
About the National Consumers League (NCL)
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.