Constitutional Lawyer Who Won Hobby Lobby Case Awaits Confirmation to 5th Circuit

Posted: Nov 10, 2017 11:00 AM

One of President Trump's judicial nominees is getting much-needed support from the Judicial Crisis Network. The network is throwing its support behind Kyle Duncan, President Trump's choice for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana.

Duncan has quite the track record. He is a Constitutional lawyer and represented Hobby Lobby in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hobby Lobby case tackled the question of whether or not the Religious Freedom Act of 1993 allows a business to not provide contraception to its employees based on the sincerely held religious beliefs of its owners. In a 5-4 ruling, Hobby Lobby won the case.

The president's nominee has earned the support of Lousiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who said, "[Kyle Duncan] is exceptionally qualified, and as a judge - he'll make us all proud."

Judicial Crisis Network's Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino, had high praise for Duncan as well:

In Kyle Duncan, President Trump selected one of the best lawyers of his generation. He’s a Louisiana native who has served his state with distinction as its solicitor general, and he will make Louisiana proud as a federal judge. Kyle’s brilliance combined with his humility and integrity will serve him well on the Fifth Circuit. I’m proud to call Kyle a friend, and I look forward to a speedy confirmation.

As the country is now in the tenth month of the Trump presidency, one would hope that vacancies within the government are being filled or are close to being so. However, this is far from the case, especially when it comes to judicial vacancies.

Currently, there are 145 total judicial vacancies, and 47 judicial nominees awaiting confirmation. Townhall has covered many of the challenges that President Trump and his nominees have faced, from recently confirmed and now judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Amy Coney Barrett to current nominee Steve Grasz, the former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Nebraska.

See the Judicial Crisis Network's ad for Kyle Duncan below.