Harriet Miers, co-managing partner of Locke Liddell and Sapp in Dallas, says firms need to adopt policies that are friendly to families to aid women who are pulled in many different directions. Those policies could include part-time employment, flex time, on-site child care or dependent-care assistance.No argument there. What else? Way back in 1994, after she stepped down as president of the Texas Bar, she led the push to get the American Bar Association to move away from its pro-choice stance on abortion and adopt a neutral position instead. Texas Lawyer reported at the time:
At the August 1993 meeting in New York, the neutrality advocates, led this time by Locke Purnell Rain Harrell partner Harriet Miers of Dallas, failed to set aside the abortion rights policy. They then shifted strategy and asked the ABA to poll all its members -- not just those in the House of Delegates -- on the abortion question.She was pushing for this, as far as I can tell, in her capacity as a private citizen. This doesn't necessarily mean she's rabidly pro-life, but it's an inkling in that direction. That's the only public evidence I can find, at the moment, of her views on abortion, and I'd guess she's to the right of Sandra Day O'Connor on this one. Meanwhile, in 1993, here's Miers talking about the need for better court-appointed lawyers to defend death-penalty cases:
But Bar President Harriet Miers, a member of the ABA Journal's board of editors, said the state's reliance on volunteer lawyers in life and death matters is "unacceptable."That's a liberal policy position, although I'm not sure if it was one you'd expect a Bar President to take up anyway. That year she was also supportive of rules to restrict lawyer advertising in the "public interest":
Harriet Miers of Dallas, 1992-93 Bar president, said she supports Morrison's proposed changes to the Bar's rules. "This is a very timely plan," she said. "Public concern about lawyer advertising is at an all- time high. I applaud Lonny Morrison for addressing the issue head-on and I'm confident that, with his leadership in the coming Bar year, we will succeed in getting a positive response from Texas attorneys to effect a change."Not sure what that means, but there you go. As it happens, she was also supportive of rules regulating ambulance-chasing by lawyers; so either she's not averse to regulation or she's not averse to regulation of lawyers. (Her private practice work suggests the latter.) By the way, a Houston Chronicle article from 1992 on lawyer jokes notes that Miers doesn't seem to mind them. So, uh, there you have it. For the record, I think she's a terrible pick, but I can also see why conservatives are squirming about here.