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Supreme Court nominee has pro-business pedigree

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If her legal career is any indication, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers could be a strong advocate for business if she's confirmed.

While Miers has never served as a judge, she's spent most of her legal career as a trial attorney representing large companies, including Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co. In addition to her time as a business litigator, Miers served on the Dallas City Council for one term.

If confirmed, Miers would replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, who has been a moderate and a key swing vote on the court.

More employment-law cases coming. On it's opening day last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a key employment issue: Should you pay employees for time spent at work putting on and taking off protective clothing and equipment.

Look for the Supreme Court to add other employment-law cases as the year rolls on. Chief Justice John Roberts has indicated that he intends to push the court to hear more cases than in the past. Under the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the court's docket shrunk to about 80 appeals heard per year.

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