[JURIST] The White House announced Friday that it will bring in former Texas Supreme Court [official website] justices to highlight the qualifications of Texas native and US Supreme Court associate justice nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive; Washington Post profile]. President Bush will host an event Monday with former Texas Chief Justices John Hill and Thomas Phillips, who co-authored a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] last week with former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Greenhill in support of the Miers nomination. The event will coincide with ongoing efforts by the Bush administration to reassure skeptical Republicans [JURIST report] about Miers' conservative credentials, and quiet criticism from conservative publicatons and organizations, including the National Review [op-ed] and National Pro-Life Action Center, that contend Miers is an "ill-advised" choice. Bush announced Miers' nomination October 3 [JURIST report] to replace retiring associate justice Sandra Day O'Connor. AP has more.