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Romney announces advisory team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by Bork

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced he hired 63 lawyers for his presidential campaign, including conservative legal scholar Robert Bork. (Rich Schultz/AP)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

In addition to Bork, a conservative icon whose nomination by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court failed in the Senate, Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee will be chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in President George W. Bush’s administration, and Richard Wiley, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. The choice of chairs and committee members seems designed to solidify his credentials within the conservative legal establishment.

“Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved,” the three chairmen said in a joint statement. “He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.”

The committee, which will also provide legal counsel to Romney’s campaign, also includes other prominent figures, including former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, former chancellor to the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware William Allen and former Texas Supreme Court chief justice Thomas Phillips.

“Our democracy depends on a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law,” Romney said in a statement. “Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench. I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars.”

Here is a list of the full committee, released by the Romney campaign:

· Alex Acosta

· William Allen

· Alex Azar

· H. Christopher Bartolomucci

· Lizette Benedi Herraiz

· Bradford A. Berenson

· Elliot S. Berke

· Brant Bishop

· Michelle Boardman

· J. Caleb Boggs III

· Robert Bork

· Steven Bradbury

· Lee A. Casey

· Michael Chertoff

· Jeffrey Clark

· Gus Coldebella

· Roderick De Arment

· George Dent

· Michael R. Dimino

· Thomas Dupree

· Charles Eskridge

· Allen Ferrell

· Timothy Flanigan

· Sergio J. Galvis

· Deborah A. Garza

· Tom Gede

· Mary Ann Glendon

· Alan Gura

· Jimmy Gurule

· Catherine Hanaway

· Jennifer Hardy

· W. Thomas Haynes

· Jay Jorgensen

· Jay Kanzler

· Roy Katzovicz

· Richard Klingler

· Christopher Landau

· Stephen Larson

· Katie Lev

· Wendy Long

· Fred Lowell

· Raymond B. Ludwiszewski

· Maureen Mahoney

· Roman Martinez

· Gary McDowell

· Brent McIntosh

· Grant S. Nelson

· Mark Nielsen

· Howard C. Nielson Jr.

· Robert O’Brien

· Kevin O’Connor

· John O’Quinn

· Elizabeth Papez

· Matthew Papez

· Nels Peterson

· Thomas Phillips

· Stephen Presser

· David Rivkin Jr.

· Jeffrey Rosen

· Gene Schaerr

· Jay Stephens

· John Sullivan

· Richard Wiley

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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