Press Release

July 28, 2014
Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Pamela Harris For Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate’s confirmation of Pamela Harris of Potomac, Maryland to fill the vacancy on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Ms. Harris to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ms. Harris, who is currently a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior advisor to its Supreme Court Institute.


“I had the pleasure of introducing Pamela Harris to the Judiciary Committee last month.I am pleased that she has been confirmed to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge on the important Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Harris has an appreciation for the Constitution and a judicial philosophy that reflects mainstream American values, not narrow ideological interests,” said Senator Cardin.  “She will strengthen the bench with her strong Maryland roots and tremendous legal experience. I congratulate Judge Harris on her confirmation and thank her for her public service, as well as her family for their sacrifices as Judge Harris takes on this demanding position.”

“I applaud today’s confirmation of Pamela Harris to serve on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and was proud to recommend her for the job,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles, and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Pamela Harris not only meets these standards, she exceeds them. Ms. Harris has a commitment to the rule of law and a passion for how it affects the lives of ordinary Americans. She is an extraordinarily qualified Marylander that will be a true asset to the Fourth Circuit.”



Ms. Harris will occupy the seat vacated when Judge Andre Davis took senior status in February 2014. The Fourth Circuit is a federal court located in Richmond, Virginia, with appellate jurisdiction over district courts in five states, including Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.



Pamela Harris of Potomac, Maryland, is currently a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior advisor to its Supreme Court Institute. She previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice.

After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Maryland, Harris received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College in 1985 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1990 to 1991, worked as an associate at Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter LLP) in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1992, and clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1992 to 1993. Harris served as an attorney-adviser in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, Harris was an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1996 to 1999, where she was awarded the Harvey Levin Memorial Teaching Award.

Harris joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as counsel in 1999, where she specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation. She became a partner in 2005. Beginning in 2007, while still in private practice, Harris co-directed Harvard Law School’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Clinic and was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2009, Harris was named the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown, serving as Executive Director until 2010, when she joined the Office of Legal Policy. Harris returned to Georgetown in 2012.