Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the American Bar
Association's Rating of Supreme Court Nominee Anthony M. Kennedy
December 8, 1987
the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary
unanimously voted to give Judge Anthony M. Kennedy its highest rating of
fitness for a Supreme Court Justice -- a rating of ``well qualified.''
President is very gratified by the ABA's announcement and
believes that after concluding its hearings the Senate will agree with the
assessment of the American Bar Association that Judge Kennedy possesses the
highest qualifications to be a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
to the ABA, this rating is ``reserved for those who
meet the highest standard of professional competence, judicial temperament and
integrity. The person in this category must be among the best available for
appointment to the Supreme Court.'' The ABA's decision followed a
detailed examination of Judge Kennedy's professional qualifications, his
writings, and his decisions on the bench, as well as extensive interviews with
persons familiar with his record.