CU Boulder Law Student Leads National Effort to Urge Senate to Delay Kavanaugh Vote
The president of the University of Colorado’s Student Bar Association led an effort among law student leaders to urge the Senate to delay its vote on the embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the FBI can conduct a thorough inquiry into the allegations against him.
Nicholas Monck, a third-year law student and president of CU’s Student Bar Association, drafted a letter early Friday morning , collected the signatures of 27 of his counterparts at other universities around the country and submitted the letter ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote Friday afternoon to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate for a vote.
Monck continued to collect signatures over the weekend and submitted an updated letter Tuesday with 44 signatures of Student Bar Association presidents from universities around the country, including in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., and Vermont.
Monck submitted the letter to the offices of senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer.
“We, the undersigned, stand with the American Bar Association and fully support its call for the United States Senate to delay voting on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court,” the letter reads, in part. “Regardless of our political views, we find the allegations made by multiple women about Judge Kavanaugh to be deeply troubling. At this time, we believe our nation would not be well served by a Justice clouded by accusations such as those made by Dr. Ford.”
The letter echoed that of the American Bar Association’s president , Robert Carlson, which he submitted last week on behalf of the association and to urge a thorough FBI examination of the allegations.
Monck’s letter also reminds the senators of the gravity of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, especially in today’s charged political environment.
“More than any period in our lifetimes, the rule of law and due process is threatened,” the letter reads. “Today, Americans disagree not only on what party to belong to and whom to vote for in an election, but on the very facts which underlie our political process. On this basis, an expert-led, neutral, non- partisan investigation into Judge Kavanaugh’s background is more important than ever — without it, his nomination will be forever tainted in the eyes of a substantial number of Americans, no matter the outcome.”
Monck said his reasons to draft and submit the letter were two-fold. He wanted to echo the call by the American Bar Association, and he was struck by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that in 1982 Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge locked her in a room at a house party, and Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her .
“The first and primary thing was Dr. Ford’s testimony last Thursday — I thought it was very, very moving, very passionate and opened a lot of questions,” Monck said. “I was deeply troubled by the allegations that she made against Judge Kavanaugh. Her story deserves to have a neutral, non-partisan, expert-led investigation into to it. ... I would hope that people from either political party, from either side of the aisle, would agree with that, that nobody wins having an individual on the Supreme Court with the allegations that have been brought against Judge Kavanaugh.”
He said he received an overwhelmingly positive response from the other Student Bar Association leaders, as well as from law students at CU.
Although CU’s Student Bar Association hasn’t taken any collective action yet, they’ve discussed possibilities such as submitting a letter on behalf of its entire organization or passing a resolution, Monck said.
He added that the nomination process has been a topic of deep discussion within the law school, and all eyes have been on the proceedings.
Deborah Ramirez, a Boulder resident, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Her attorney, John Clune, said Tuesday that she sat down with the FBI on Sunday for more than two hours, but the FBI has yet to contact any of the more than 20 witnesses she provided.
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