Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got the highest possible rating from The American Bar Association.
The American Bar Association (ABA) rated Judge Brett Kavanaugh “well qualified” for the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, the highest rating possible from the organization that Senate Democrats call the “gold standard” for nominees, boosting the prospects for President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the nation’s highest court.
Although many everyday Americans assume the ABA is an official body for the legal profession, it is actually a private organization to which less than 35 percent of the nation’s 1.3 million lawyers belong. However, most states require a person to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school as a precondition for taking that state’s bar exam to obtain a license to become a lawyer, making it a gatekeeper to becoming a practicing attorney.
In the past, Chuck Schumer has called the ABA’s rating “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.”
The ABA has been attacked by Conservative groups as giving tougher grades to liberal judges than Conservative ones.