With Judge Bryson apparently taking senior status next week, I thought it might be of interest to take a look back at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1994:
We will now turn to the introduction of William C. Bryson, of Be-
Senator Sarbanes, if you would come forward.
STATEMENT OF HON. PAUL S. SARBANES, A U.S. SENATOR
FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND
Senator Sarbanes. Senator DeConcini and Senator Simon, I am
very pleased to be here this afternoon to introduce William C.
Bryson, a distinguished resident of Maryland who has been nomi-
nated by the President to serve as a U.S. circuit judge for the Fed-
eral Circuit. Bill is sitting right here behind me.
I must say he brings an extraordinary record before this commit-
tee, a graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1969, and
from the University of Texas Law School in 1973, where he was
editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review.
After he graduated from the University of Texas Law School, he
clerked first for Judge Henry Friendly, one of our Nation’s most
distinguished jurists, in the second circuit, and then was law clerk
for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court.
Bill Bryson then went into practice here in Washington for 3
years where he did civil and criminal litigation, mainly Federal, at
the trial and appellate levels. Since 1978 — in other words, for the
last 15, 16 years — he has been in the Department of Justice in in-
creasingly more senior and responsible positions.
He started as assistant to the Solicitor General. He then became
chief of the Appellate Section in the Criminal Division. He then
was Special Counsel to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Sec-
tion of the Criminal Division; that was from 1982 to 1986.
From 1986 to the present, he has been in the Solicitor General’s
office. He was a Deputy Solicitor General, one of four deputies to
the Solicitor General responsible for supervising and briefing and
the argument of cases before the Supreme Court. He twice has
been the Acting Solicitor General. In between the resignation of
one Solicitor General and the appointment of another, he served as
the Acting Solicitor General. Until just a few weeks ago, he was
Acting Associate Attorney General following the resignation of
So he has, in effect, given a career of dedicated public service in
the Justice Department, and he has been recognized at every step
along the way and I just want to mention two or three of these rec-
In 1984, the Federal Bar Association gave him the Tom C. Clark
Award. It is awarded annually to a Federal agency lawyer for out-
standing service as a government lawyer. In 1985, he received the
Department of Justice Exceptional Service Award, the highest
award in the Department of Justice. It is given annually to the
Justice Department attorney who has rendered the most excep-
tional service. In 1990, he was the first recipient of the Beatrice
Rosenberg Award, which is awarded annually by the District of Co-
lumbia bar for outstanding service as a government attorney.
He has had an extraordinary record. It is one of very distin-
guished public service. I think this appointment is very well mer-
ited. He will be an outstanding member of the Federal circuit, and
I commend him to the committee most strongly and urge your fa-
vorable recommendation. I look forward to his early confirmation
by the Senate.
Senator DeConcini. Thank you, Senator Sarbanes. We appre-
ciate your taking the time to introduce Mr. Bryson and your strong,