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Dawn Johnsen on whether she regrets not having been more calculating and cautious in her commitments: “Not a chance. Never for a moment. Not on your life.” | Hunter of Justice

Dawn Johnsen on whether she regrets not having been more calculating and cautious in her commitments: “Not a chance. Never for a moment. Not on your life.”

by on June 18, 2010  •  In Uncategorized

Dawn Johnsen, whose nomination to be Assistant AG in charge of the powerful Office of Legal Counsel was killed by right-wing opposition, made a wonderful speech at the annual conference of the American Constitution Society yesterday, directing her words to law students and young lawyers who might fear that taking principled progressive positions could haunt them later in their careers:

Make no mistake: I do feel that the nearly unprecedented delay of my nomination was wrong. But as to whether I would have changed my positions or softened my stances, or decided to just sit a few issues out, my message could not be more clear or simple: I have no regrets.

From where Dawn worked as a new lawyer (NARAL) through which topics she chose to focus on as a scholar (among others, her condemnation of the torture memos), she has invested her time and talents in advancing principles that matter deeply. If only there were more like her!

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One Response to Dawn Johnsen on whether she regrets not having been more calculating and cautious in her commitments: “Not a chance. Never for a moment. Not on your life.”

  1. Amanda June 21, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Nan! Were you at ACS? I was there and would have loved to meet you. Do a huge favor and post if you’re going next year???

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