Guest Author - Suzanne Gregory
Dawn Johnson is a pro-choice supporter with a long line of commitment to back it up. Currently she awaits nomination as Assistant Attorney General as head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.
In March 2009, President Obama nominated her, which was then approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the Senate failed to act and go forth with her nomination, before they recessed at the end of 2009.
On January 20, 2010, President Obama renominated her to the position, still awaiting action by the Senate. Even with criticism about Republican attempts to repeatedly stall the vote, her nomination remains unchanged.
Here are a few facts about her that shows her knowledge and her support of pro-choice rights, and the need to protect them.
In addition to nominee of the Assistant Attorney General, her lengthy political & pro-choice career includes:
Born & raised in New York, Dawn Johnson graduated salutatorian of her High School class.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts as summa cum laude at Yale for economic & political science in 1983
In 1986, she graduated from Yale Law School & was the articles Editor of the Yale Law journal.
From mid 1986 to mid 1987, she worked as clerk to Judge Richard Dickson Cudahy who presided over the U.S. Court of Appeals in the seventh circuit.
She worked for one year on a fellowship as staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union
From 1988 to 1993, she worked for the National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America).
She then went on to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel (1993-1996), and then Acting Assistant Attorney General (1996-1998). It was then she would leave government service for work at Indiana University as a professor of Constitutional law. She remains on the faculty there at the Maurer School of Law at IU.
The majority of current Republican Senators are against her, and her voice. She has spoken out repeatedly with criticism of the Bush administration and the policies used while he was in office. She is also adamant about not placing restrictions on abortion, something the Republicans are in favor of doing. It is because of these things, that many people believe are the reasons, Dawn Johnson still waits to be appointed Assistant Attorney General. The personal and political agendas of the Republican Senators keep her nomination in filibuster status.
It obviously is not due to lack of qualifications. Instead of seating her, and getting some work done for the benefit of the country, they choose to play games. It does not come as much of a surprise. Most of the country is in dire need of unemployment, and yet the senate continues to throw around that proverbial beach ball, for as, long as they can.
Enough is enough! Regardless of the governments personal views or political agenda, doing nothing should not be an option. The American people voted for the people in office to get things done. This is no day at the beach! We need action, with knowledge and passion, & compassion. Even more reason to appoint Dawn Johnson Assistant Attorney General.