Allison Jones Rushing
Allison Jones Rushing
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
|Appointed by||Donald Trump|
|Succeeding||Allyson Kay Duncan|
Allison Blair Jones
1982 (age 36–37)
Hendersonville, North Carolina, U.S.
Blake Rushing (m. 2016)
|Education||Wake Forest University (BA)|
Duke University School of Law (JD)
Allison Jones Rushing (born 1982) is a United States Circuit Judge-Designate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was formerly a partner at Williams & Connolly.
Early life and career
Rushing grew up in East Flat Rock, North Carolina and graduated from East Henderson High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Duke University School of Law in 2007, where she served as executive editor of the Duke Law Journal. Rushing then clerked for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2005, Rushing was a law student intern at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian nonprofit organization. Rushing wrote at least three amicus briefs supporting the ADF's positions, co-wrote a legal brief on religious liberties with an ADF attorney, and spoke at ADF events at least once per year from 2012 to 2017. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly. Rushing later clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 2010–2011 term. In 2011, Rushing rejoined Williams & Connolly in the Washington, D.C. office under Kannon Shanmugam, and in January 2017 was named a partner. She left Williams & Connolly after being appointed to the Fourth Circuit.
Nomination to court of appeals
On August 27, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Rushing to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Her official nomination was received on the same day by the United States Senate. She was nominated to the seat to be vacated by Allyson Kay Duncan, who had previously announced her decision to take senior status upon the confirmation of her successor. On October 17, 2018, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During Rushing's confirmation proceedings, she was questioned about her ties to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian group that she had interned for as a law student. ADF has been criticized for opposing LGBT rights. Rushing was asked if she would recuse herself from ADF-related cases if confirmed. She replied: "I would determine the appropriate action with the input of the parties, consultation of these rules and ethical canons, and consultation with my colleagues." Asked about ADF being labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Rushing said: "Hate is wrong, and it should have no place in our society. In my experience with ADF, I have not witnessed anyone expressing or advocating hate."
On January 3, 2019, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Rushing for a federal judgeship. Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day. On February 7, 2019, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 12–10, party line vote. On March 4, 2019, the Senate invoked cloture on her nomination by a vote of 52–43. On March 5, 2019, the Senate voted to confirm Rushing by a 53–44 vote. She is currently awaiting her judicial commission.
On November 5, 2016, she married Blake Vincent Rushing in Washington, D.C.
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Allyson Kay Duncan
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit