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Who is Harriet Miers?

The initial read, from the Washington Post:

Born and raised in Dallas, Miers, 59, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she majored in mathematics. She went on to law school at SMU, earning her law degree in 1970 and going on to clerk for a federal judge in Dallas. In an era when there were few female lawyers, Miers set out for the top.

According to published reports, she was the first woman hired by Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely, a Dallas firm whose history extends to the 1890s. She went on to become a top commercial litigator whose clients included Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co.

Miers, who is not married and does not have children, was active in professional organizations and eventually was elected head of the Dallas and Texas bar associations, where she was known for encouraging members to do pro bono work.
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Miers met Bush in the 1980s, and was drafted to work as counsel for his 1994 gubernatorial campaign. In 1995, he appointed her to the Texas Lottery Commission. After working as a lawyer in Bush's presidential campaign, she came to Washington with him in 2001.

"I remember seeing him in her office many years ago, before he was governor, before he was running for anything," Clements said. "So it's been a long relationship and a very loyal relationship. She really is one of those people that the practice of law and all things associated with that really has been her life."

article link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/20/AR2005062001161.html
White House bio info: http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/campaignforthecourt/2005/10/white_house_rel.html#more

Comments
More links

Miers said Bush was the most brilliant man she ever met
http://frum.nationalreview.com/archives/09292005.asp#077899

Miers Gave $1,000 to Gore and DNC in '88 Primary
(but has only given GOP since)
DNC Gore '88

And conservatives aren't happy. From the National Review's blog:

"DEPLORABLE" [Rich Lowry ]
Just talked to a very pro-Bush legal type who says he is ashamed and embarrassed this morning. Says Miers was with an undistinguished law firm; never practiced constitutional law; never argued any big cases; never was on law review; has never written on any of the important legal issues. Says she's not even second rate, but is third rate. Dozens and dozens of women would have been better qualified. Says a crony at FEMA is one thing, but on the high court is something else entirely. Her long history of activity with ABA is not encouraging from a conservative perspective--few conservatives would spend their time that way. In short, he says the pick is “deplorable.” There may be an element of venting here, but thought I'd pass along for what it's worth. It's certainly indicative of the mood right now...

http://corner.nationalreview.com/05_10_02_corner-archive.asp#078320

Queer-relevant angles

To Americablog from HRC:
Miers responded to questionnaire from Texas gay group in 1989
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/10/miers-responded-to-questionnaire-from.html

From a report she authored to the ABA's House of Delegates, two interesting recommendations:
Supports the enactment of laws and public policy which provide that sexual orientation shall not be a bar to adoption when the adoption is determined to be in the best interest of the child. ...

Recommends the development and establishment of an International Criminal Court.
http://www.tnr.com/etc.mhtml?pid=2832