Mary Harned, former Chief Counsel on the Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Tom Coburn, has joined Americans United for Life (AUL) as Of Counsel to assist in spearheading America’s oldest national pro-life organization through its efforts to counter the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sotomayor.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO said: “I am very pleased to have Mary join our team. We are extremely fortunate to gain the benefit of Mary’s track record on Capitol Hill. She will be a valuable resource for us as we continue our active involvement providing legal expertise in advance of the Senate’s confirmation hearings.”
Ms. Harned said: “I am honored to join AUL in this crucial time of a judicial confirmation. I look forward to helping AUL bring attention to Judge Sotomayor’s record of radicalism on the abortion issue and her outspoken defense of judicial intervention. It has been a long-time dream of mine to work with AUL to defend and protect life.”
A cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Ms. Harned comes to AUL after serving as Chief Counsel to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on his Judiciary Committee staff. She was his legal counsel during the Roberts and Alito confirmation hearings. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Counsel and Judiciary Counsel to Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She lives with her husband and son on Capitol Hill.
Americans United for Life is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS’ Frontline program chronicled AUL’s successful efforts in Mississippi.