The Feb. 19 front-page article “Gorsuch reliably right, but intensely attentive” relied on one case to try to paint Judge Neil Gorsuch as not predictably conservative. I helped represent the female victims in that lawsuit as a lawyer with the National Women’s Law Center.
The case was a no-brainer. The issue was whether the University of Colorado, through its official policy of assigning female students to show visiting high-school football recruits “a good time,” sometimes with the specific promise of sex, could be liable for subjecting these women to a known risk of sexual assault. All three judges said yes, because the university’s policies led to female students being raped and the university refused to change its ways even after being warned about its need to do so by a district attorney. The case eventually was settled for millions of dollars. Mr. Gorsuch did the right thing on a legally easy case.
The NWLC opposes his nomination because his record gives us no confidence that he would do the right thing for women in more difficult cases. President Trump promised to nominate a justice similar to Antonin Scalia (no friend of women’s legal rights) who, like Scalia, would overturn Roe v. Wade and who came from a list approved by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Gorsuch’s full record suggests he would not disappoint.
Neena Chaudhry, Washington
The writer is director of education and senior counsel for the National Women’s Law Center.