Former MilSpouse Could be on Supreme Court Short List


Judge Patricia Millet stands with MSJDN members Josie Beets, Mary Redding Smith and Reda Hicks.

Judge Patricia Millet stands with MSJDN members Josie Beets, Mary Reding Smith and Reda Hicks.

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia there's plenty of speculation about who will replace him, not to mention when.

Among the names? The spouse of a Navy retiree.

Former Navy spouse Patricia Millett was confirmed on the D.C. Circuit court in late 2013 after a robust campaign from the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) promoting her. We ran an article here on SpouseBuzz in 2013 telling you about why you should support her confirmation. One of the reasons MSJDN said it was important to confirm Millett was that the D.C. Circuit hears many military-related cases.

But another reason it's so wonderful to see Millett on the D.C. Circuit and mentioned for the Supreme Court short list, regardless of what ends up happening with this highly political issue, is that it's a sign for military spouses struggling to have a real career that there is hope.

If a former military spouse can even be mentioned seriously as a potential Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, well folks, there isn't much we can't do.

The ladies behind MSJDN agree with me.

"Patricia Millett’s potential nomination for the Supreme Court serves as inspiration for all military spouses by showing that we can build successful careers while dealing with the demands of the military lifestyle," Elizabeth Jamison, the organization's communications director, said in a statement. "Her experiences before the Court and as a military spouse set her apart from the other candidates. Regardless of the politics surrounding the situation, MSJDN is proud of the many incredible military spouse attorneys like Judge Millett who successfully navigate a legal career while also serving their country alongside their service member."


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