One of the central witnesses for House Democrats who attempted to prosecute the first impeachment of President Trump is becoming an essential part of the Department of Justice under the Biden administration, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Pamela Karlan left the Stanford University School of Law faculty to accept a position in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. She has been a leader in the division in cases involving LGBT rights and voting reforms. Her aggressive testimony against President Trump made her a center of attention and admiration by the corporate press.
Karlan’s impressive academic career had long made her a favorite among Progressives for appointment to the federal judiciary and perhaps even the Supreme Court. The same far-left professional positions and aggressive personality that may have hampered her candidacy for a judgeship made her a prime candidate for a top position in the Biden administration.
Karlan rose to prominence quickly in the Biden Justice Department when she authored a memo to federal officials regarding the application of Title IX, the federal civil rights law dealing with education. Her notice serves as the foundation of the national effort to mandate participation by transgender students in women’s sports.
Karlan had previously argued before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the employment civil rights of LGBT people and won the Bostock v. Clayton County case that bans workplace discrimination against gay people. Her Title IX memo argues that the Bostick case supports a framework that could force schools to allow transgender participation in women’s sports.
Since the beginning of her legal career, Karlan has been important to LGBT litigation when she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Justice Blackmun discussed his time on the court that Karlan was the primary author of his dissenting opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick. This 1986 case upheld a state law making sodomy a criminal act.
Karlan is also one of the attorneys with primary responsibility for the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging Georgia’s new election integrity law.
During President Trump’s first impeachment hearing, Karlan stated on the president’s constitutional authority that while “the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” She later offered an apology of sorts for that statement. “I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he has done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”
Karlan admits that her personality may have impacted her career before landing with the Biden administration. “Would I like to be on the Supreme Court? You bet I would. But not enough to have trimmed my sails for half a lifetime. I don’t regret taking sides on questions involving the Voting Rights Act. I don’t regret helping to defend the constitutional rights of criminal defendants. I don’t regret litigating cases on behalf of gay people. I don’t even regret being sort of snarky.” she said.