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Former clerk for Supreme Court nominee sings his praises from UW-Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For Miriam Seifter, a signed picture is worth a thousand words.

"He is a terrific judge and a terrific boss," said Seifter, who has a picture of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland hanging in her office at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

The UW Law professor worked as a clerk for Judge Garland at his current post on the U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.

"One favorite memory I have of working for him was that before every opinion was issued, that he stands with the clerk who worked on it at his writing desk and goes over the opinion line by line, word by word, makes sure he got everything right," said Seifter. "And it was a very helpful lesson to us clerks in just taking great care with every decision."

Seifter believes Judge Garland should be a consensus choice for both Republican and Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

"He really reiterated time and again to his clerks that the role of the judge is to apply the law to the facts," said Seifter, who also served as a clerk on the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Normally removed from politics, Professor Seifter joined Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) on a White House press call Thursday afternoon to talk about the need to keep the pressure on Republican senators who refuse to hold a hearing on Judge Garland's confirmation to the high court.

But 16 GOP senators have now agreed to at least meet with Judge Garland, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin).

"I will be working with Sen. Johnson and others to see all nominations from this President get fair consideration," said Sen. Baldwin.

Sen. Johnson did join Sen. Baldwin in signing off on another of President Obama's judicial nominations last week, that of Madison attorney Don Schott to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

But Sen. Johnson is standing firm with the Senate leadership stance that no hearing be held on Judge Garland's confirmation.
No matter how long the process drags out, Garland's former pupil believes he'll handle it in stride.

"He has been a jurist for a very long time and I think he as a person is unflappable. I think that he'll weather the storm," said Seifter.

27 News asked Senator Johnson's office for comment on this story, but did not get a response as of 6:00 p.m.

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