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Lawrence VanDyke appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on Oct. 30, 2019. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

A former Nevada solicitor general nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association in a scathing letter released on the eve of his confirmation hearing.

A majority of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary called Lawrence VanDyke “highly educated” but said concerns were raised that he missed fundamental issues and analysis in the cases he handled, according to the letter, which sparked a backlash from some observers who called the ABA itself biased.

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Nate Robson

Nate Robson is the executive editor for The National Law Journal. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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