AFF-Milwaukee: Freedom of the Courts, Speech and Religion
September 10, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Wisconsin Club's City Club (Deutscher Room)
900 West Wisconsin Avenue , Milwaukee,
What’s it like to have your federal judicial nomination suddenly blocked for seemingly political purposes? What’s the role of an independent judiciary, and why is it increasingly under attack in recent decades? And to what extent – if any – should one’s religious beliefs impact their professional advancement?
As Wisconsin prepares for the upcoming Presidential election, join AFF-Milwaukee in discussing these questions and why an independent judiciary is essential to our freedom.
Gordon Giampietro, who was nominated by President Trump in late 2017 to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, will share his personal experience and thoughts on the questions above with us on September 10 at the Wisconsin Club from 6pm to 8pm.
Giampietro’s nomination to the federal court was ultimately withdrawn in early 2019 after a contentious nomination process that included personal attacks related to previous statements on his Catholic faith. Though he was initially supported and encouraged by colleagues, friends and the public, that support largely dwindled following the release of a Buzzfeed article exposing comments he made in years prior.
Now serving as assistant general counsel at Northwestern Mutual, his experience is an example of: the current hostility – a violation of the Constitution – to people of faith; and the war over the judiciary that has been raging since at least the failed nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987.
Join AFF-Milwaukee in hearing why the fight over the judiciary is so hot and why, after 30 years, that fight has reached down even to the nomination of district court judges.