From: Langer, Michael R (22268)
To: Sen. Weiler, T.,
Subject: Margaret Plane nomination
Date: 2020-12-04T19:57:47Z

Dear Senator,

I write today, as a lawyer in our community, in support of the nomination of Margaret Plane for the Utah Court of Appeals, and to raise a concern about the Senate’s failure to thus far schedule a committee hearing to consider her nomination.  Margaret is well known in the legal community for being intelligent, fair-minded, and dedicated to our community.  She is undoubtedly qualified and would be an immense asset to the Utah Court of Appeals.  

I'd like a specific response and legal explanation why the Senate Judiciary Committee has failed to consider and decide Margarert's nomination. Under Utah law, the Senate is required to render a decision on each judicial appointment made by the governor (Utah Code 78A-10-105, “The Senate shall consider and decide on each judicial appointment within 60 days of the date of appointment”).  Margaret is entitled to the Senate’s full consideration.  If there are concerns about her record or temperament, they should be aired publicly.  I urge you to schedule a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable.

Best regards,

Mike Langer

Michael R. Langer
Industry Group Chair, Life Sciences & Chemical


              Michael Best & Friedrich LLP


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