U.S. Circuit Judge Morgan Christen
United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
c/o Federal Building
605 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 252
Anchorage, AK 99501-2248
Dear U.S. Circuit Judge Christen,
My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many others. Circuit Judge Christen, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work in the Alaska Supreme Court and as U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to be very inspiring to me.
When you served as Associate Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court from 2009-2012, I really appreciated on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting the need for strict laws to help combat against hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different, and expressing the need to reduce racial profiling in the judicial system including law enforcement. Another thing that I liked about your work in the Alaska Supreme Court was on how you were an advocate for women’s rights to be protected from being discriminated and support the need for more programs to help victims of crime or victims of domestic violence get help from law enforcement. In May 2011, I liked on how you accepted President Obama to be nominated to fill a seat in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to help him work on improving the judicial system. In January 2012, I was amazed on how you made history by the first woman from Alaska to be on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In your current position in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, I’m very proud on how you are a continuous supporter of Civil Rights, advocate for victims’ rights in order for them to get help from the court system or law enforcement services, and support protecting basic fundamental of civil liberties like the 4th amendment to help protect people from unreasonable search warrants, 6th amendment to have a right to a lawyer including have the right to know what evidence is against a person. Besides your judicial career, I really like on how you are active in the community by volunteering as a board member of Planned Parenthood to help advocate for women to have a right to healthcare and working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Anchorage to help youth get mentoring instead of turning to crime.
U.S. Circuit Judge Morgan Christen, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Your work in the Alaska Supreme Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gives me motivation to continue to learn history and social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many others. My letter is a gift to you for inspiring me and to wish you a Happy Birthday for December 5th.
I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in the judicial system. I’m very proud on how you are working hard to help improve the community through volunteering and supporting Civil Rights, criminal justice reform, and civil liberties. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability and to continue to be motivated to learn different subjects. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making a difference for the community including the judicial system, and inspiring me. I wish you the best to continue to advocate for common sense ideas in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.