16 Am. B. News 1 (1971)
Issue No. 11

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Powell, Rehnquist Given Highest ABA Rating

[ewis F. Powell, Jr. and William H.
Rehnquist. President Nixon's nominees
for the U S? Supreme Court, were
accorded the highest rating classification
of the ABA Standing Committee on
the Fedcral Judiciary.
the comrmittee reported to Senator
James 0. Eastland (D Mis),  chairman
ol the lUS. Senate Committee on the
Judiciary, that hoth men meet T'high
standards of professional competence,
judicial temperament, and integrity,
and that cach 'is one of the best persons
a ailable for appointment to the
Supreme Court.'
All members of thc ABA comimittcee
gave Mr. Powell the top rating. All but
three of th e 12-member committee also
gave Mr. Rchnquist their highcst rating.
The others expressed their position as
not opposcd to his confirmation.
Piwell I5 he committee noted that
Mr. Powell ranked first in his law school
class at Washington arid Lee University,
wherc he received his LIL.B degree in
1931. and is regarded as one of the
leading lawyers of Virginia, As
chairman of the Richmond Public
Schools Board from 1952 to 1961, the
report stated° he is credited with a
substantial contribution to the peaceful
desegregation of the Richmond School
system.

U°S. Supreme Con  nominees William H.
R hnquist,  a1o,  ad  L  wi  F.  Pow e,  Jr.,
right. Mr. Powll is. siown holding a giant
key to the new American Bar Center additio
a4 dedhkfion ceremonies. IFashioned In the
shape of a judge's head, the key proved to he a
prophetic symbol of things to come for
Mr. PoweIl
He served as president of the ABA in
1964-65 termed by the committee 'a
yeair of significant achievement.
Mr. Powell was president of the
American Bar Foundation from 1969 to
1971 and president of the American
College of Tuial Lawyers in 1969 70
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Committee Denies Responsibility For Supreme Court News Leaks

Ihe Nixon Administration has ended,
for the time being at least, its practice
of submitting names of potential U.S.
Supreme Court nominees to the ABA
Standing Committee on the Federal
Judiciary fr advance review of their
qualihecalions.
In a letter to ABA President Leon
Jaworski and Iawrence F. Walsh,
chairnan of the committee, Attorney
General John Mitchell stated
that the procedure was being dropped
because 'there is no practical way to
avoid unauthorized disclosure to the
news media of the names submitted and
the committee's findings.
The letter came after the Wa.shngton

Post carried a story by John P.
MacKenzie on October 21 reporting
thai the committee had found Justice
Mildred L Lxillie, of the California Court
of Appeals, and Herschel H Friday of
Iitile Rock, Ark unqualified for the
Supreme Court, Some critics im
mediately conciuded that a committee
member had leaked the story.
On October 31 the committee issued
a 16-page report denying that any
committee member was responsible for
the breach of confidentiality. The report
contained a detailed accounting of each
member's whereabouts after leaving the
October 20 meeting.
None of them talked with any
reporter, the report states. Under the

circumstances, it was virtually impossible
for a reporter to have found any of
them/
Jssthe Departmet:t A The Depart-
ment of Justice itself may have been the
source of the story, the report suggests.
It quotes two lawyers of impeccable
reputation and a person associated with
news media as stating that a Department
of Justice source was responsible, and
that the reporter was at the Department
about 6 p.m. Judge Walsh had informed
the Attorney General's office of the
committee's vote by telephone between
5 and 5:30 p.m
The committee has conducted 472
investigations for the present adminis-
C2ontinued on P ige 4

Volume I, Nimber II Noveiber 1971

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