Former Top Republican Senate Judiciary Aide Launches The Article III Project (A3P) to Promote President Trump’s Judicial Nominees
New 501(c)(4) advocacy group will also punch back against the Left’s baseless attacks on judicial nominees and appointees, complaints about the integrity of the confirmation process, and assaults on judicial independence
Washington, D.C.—The Article III Project (A3P), a new 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization, announced its launch today. Mike Davis, the former top confirmation aide to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley last Congress (2017-19), will lead A3P.
“President Trump is appointing top-notch judges throughout our nation’s courts, including Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, a record 40 circuit judges, and 67 district judges.” Davis said. “The President is fulfilling his promise to the American people and enjoying record success, despite unprecedented obstruction and baseless attacks by Senate Democrats and their left-wing allies. The attacks are only getting uglier, more personal, and more radical. A3P will punch back and help confirm President Trump’s judicial nominees, defend these new judges from left-wing attacks once confirmed, defend the integrity of the confirmation process, and fight back against the assaults on judicial independence – including radical court-packing, term-limit, and even impeachment schemes.”
With the goal of being “lean and mean,” A3P will hire a small team of lawyers, researchers, and communicators. A3P will also prepare for the next Supreme Court nomination battle.
A3P’s website: www.article3project.org
Twitter account: @Article3Project
About Mike Davis
Mike Davis is the founder and president of the Article III Project (A3P), a new 501(c)(4) nonprofit group established to fight to confirm President Trump’s judicial nominees, defend these new judges from left-wing attacks, defend the integrity of the confirmation process, and fight back against the assault on judicial independence – including radical court-packing, term-limit, and even impeachment schemes.
Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary during the 115th Congress (2017-19). Davis led a team of attorneys, law clerks, and other professionals that advised Chairman Grassley and other senators on presidential nominations and Senate confirmations of federal judges, senior Justice Department officials, and other senior Executive Branch appointees. Davis served as the Chairman’s staff lead for 30 hearings, 41 markup meetings, or floor votes for 278 nominees, including the confirmations of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit judges confirmed during a president’s first year and a president’s first two years in office. Davis also served as the Chairman’s staff lead for the hearings for 50 judicial nominees, including 6 circuit nominees, readied for confirmation votes in 2019.
Before joining Chairman Grassley’s team on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Davis, a former law clerk to Justice Neil Gorsuch, served as the “general” of Justice Gorsuch’s outside support team for his successful confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2017.
Davis has served in all three branches of the federal government, including for President George W. Bush, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Davis has also served in several capacities in the Justice Department, including as a federal prosecutor. Davis has assisted with hundreds of appointments to every part of the federal government, including Supreme Court justices, district and circuit judges, cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, heads of independent agencies, and sub-cabinet officials, along with members of boards, commissions, and delegations.
For nearly ten years before returning to public service in 2017, Davis was a civil litigator in Denver. Davis worked at one of the largest law firms in the world and one of the top-ranked law firms in Colorado, before starting and running his own law practice for over five years. Super Lawyers recognized Davis as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, along with a “Colorado Rising Star” in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, Colorado Business Magazine recognized Davis as a “Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado.”
Davis is from Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000 and Juris Doctor in 2004, both from the University of Iowa. In 2017, Davis received Iowa Law’s “Emerging Leader Award.” Davis also serves on the University of Iowa Political Science Advisory Board.
What Others Are Saying About Davis:
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee under whom Davis served as chief counsel for nominations from 2017-19, said: “As my chief nominations counsel on the Judiciary Committee, Mike was a critical hand while we were breaking records confirming President Trump’s appeals court judges. He advised and helped guide our team to success through the Democrats’ partisan antics during the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. For the next generation, the courts and the country will be well served by the strict-constructionist judges the Senate confirmed since January 2017. Mike’s work was integral to that achievement.”
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (retired), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “The confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh was a critical moment in our nation’s history, where the integrity of the judiciary and the means that ensure its independence were put to the test. Mike was the tip of the spear in that process, helping Chairman Grassley ensure that while those on the other side made every attempt to circumvent the rules and process, Brett Kavanaugh was afforded the process and consideration he deserved.”
In their new book The Hill To Die On, Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer called Davis “[t]he critical linchpin in McConnell’s quest to remake the nation’s courts” (page 302).
The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) awarded Davis its 2019 Betty Murphy Award for his record-breaking work on judicial nominations.
Above The Law’s David Lat called Davis “[a] critical staffer on judicial nominations. . . . I refer to Davis as ‘critical,’ but that might be an understatement. He played a crucial role in the Trump judicial revolution, which is why the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) recently honored him with the 2019 Betty Murphy Award.”
Select Media Appearances by Davis:
Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray, New York Times, by Carl Hulse (May 18, 2019)
An Insider’s Perspective On President Trump’s Transformation Of The Federal Judiciary, by David Lat, Above the Law (April 30, 2019)
The New Scalia: Neil Gorsuch befriends liberal justices while exceeding conservatives’ expectations, by Alex Swoyer, Washington Times (April 7, 2019)
Mike Davis, former law clerk to Justice Gorsuch, discusses the liberal proposal to pack the courts to counter the conservative judges who have recently been appointed it, Tyler Cralle Show (May 16, 2019)
Gorsuch Charts Course as Originalist With Independent Streak, by Patrick L. Gregory and Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg Law (April 11, 2019)
Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee,(for Gorsuch and Kavanaugh nominations) Former Senior Adviser to Senator Grassley, and former Law Clerk to Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, on Court packing and 2020, Bloomberg Radio (May 14, 2019)
Grassley Aide Mike Davis Reflects on Combative Kavanaugh Confirmation, by Tony Mauro, National Law Journal (January 24, 2019)
From Private Practice to Gorsuch Clerk to Senate Staff: A Denver Lawyer’s Career Whirlwind, by Tony Mauro, National Law Journal (August 16, 2017)