Top law school deans endorse Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

Folks should note that some of these deans are conservative. Mike McConnell is dean at Utah, backs Kagan and is a Catholic activist on freedom of religion matters. He was also a federal judge, appointed by Bush.

"Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has never tried a case to verdict before a jury, and she has never sat as a judge in a live trial.

But according to a group of law school deans, her experience heading the Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009 has helped prepare her to decide some of the country’s toughest issues as a justice on the nation’s highest court.

On Tuesday, the White House made public a letter of endorsement signed by 68 deans at major American law schools.

The letter to Senator Patrick Leahy is part of an elaborate dance underway in Washington in anticipation of Kagan’s June 28 confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Elena Kagan excels along all relevant dimensions desired in a Supreme Court justice,” the deans wrote. “Her knowledge of the law and skills in legal analysis are first-rate. Her writings in constitutional and administrative law are highly respected and widely cited.”

The letter added: “She is an incisive and astute analyst of law, with a deep understanding of both doctrine and policy.”

csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0615/Top-law-school-deans-endorse-Supreme-Court-nominee-Elena-Kagan

Great, now if she only believed in the sanctity of life from conception through the moment God chooses to call them home then Catholics could endorse her.

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:1, topic:202069"]
Folks should note that some of these deans are conservative. Mike McConnell is dean at Utah, backs Kagan and is a Catholic activist on freedom of religion matters. He was also a federal judge, appointed by Bush.

"Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has never tried a case to verdict before a jury, and she has never sat as a judge in a live trial.

But according to a group of law school deans, her experience heading the Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009 has helped prepare her to decide some of the country’s toughest issues as a justice on the nation’s highest court.

On Tuesday, the White House made public a letter of endorsement signed by 68 deans at major American law schools.

The letter to Senator Patrick Leahy is part of an elaborate dance underway in Washington in anticipation of Kagan’s June 28 confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Elena Kagan excels along all relevant dimensions desired in a Supreme Court justice,” the deans wrote. “Her knowledge of the law and skills in legal analysis are first-rate. Her writings in constitutional and administrative law are highly respected and widely cited.”

The letter added: “She is an incisive and astute analyst of law, with a deep understanding of both doctrine and policy.”

csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0615/Top-law-school-deans-endorse-Supreme-Court-nominee-Elena-Kagan

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We have to consider the weak and watered down sources. Were are the specific quotes and context of real conservatives supporting Kagan and Barack Husein Obama.

RINO's are just an illusion and should be dismissed just like other hollow word and disingenuous liberals.:rolleyes:

[quote="LookAWayDixieLd, post:3, topic:202069"]
RINO's are just an illusion and should be dismissed just like other hollow word and disingenuous liberals.

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Is the GOP some type of taliban where everyone is required to think the same? How communistic!

[quote="tap11, post:2, topic:202069"]
Great, now if she only believed in the sanctity of life from conception through the moment God chooses to call them home then Catholics could endorse her.

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I'm sure that Catholics can endorse a variety of public officials seeking office without resorting to this particular litmus test.

[quote="LookAWayDixieLd, post:3, topic:202069"]

RINO's are just an illusion

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Give it up. The GOP claims to be the original broad tent. There is no such thing as a RINO because the GOP likes to include all from country clubbers to foaming at the mouth hard rightwingers.

Did we somehow expect the deans of law schools to somehow decry one of their fellows? I am shocked, absolutely SHOCKED that law school deans speak favorably of the former law school dean of one of the country's most prestigious universities.

Kagan is an unknown quantity, Obama's Harriet Miers.

She'll be confirmed without a hitch, and I think her judicial philosophy is a foregone conclusion.

Sotomayor is the wild card. I'm interested to see how she rules on future cases.

I still don't see any show stopper here for the Senate. She will be confirmed by a pretty large majority.

[quote="Rich_Olszewski, post:5, topic:202069"]
Give it up. The GOP claims to be the original broad tent. There is no such thing as a RINO because the GOP likes to include all from country clubbers to foaming at the mouth hard rightwingers.

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Again more weak minder thinking from Liberals and Marxist. No wonder the majority of people believe they are robots.:blush:

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:4, topic:202069"]
Is the GOP some type of taliban where everyone is required to think the same? How communistic!

I'm sure that Catholics can endorse a variety of public officials seeking office without resorting to this particular litmus test.

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Just like Barack Hussein Obama, she does not have the background or the experience for the job.

The comparison to Harriet Miers is misplaced. Ms. Miers was never a legal scholar or a law school dean.

Kagan has been endorsed by deans at the Catholic institutions of Georgetown and Marquette, by the way.

"Joseph Kearney, a conservative legal scholar who was a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and now serves as dean of the Marquette University Law School, praised Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday, saying she is "a very fine lawyer" who appears to be in the "mainstream of American legal thought."

jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/96441214.html

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:10, topic:202069"]
The comparison to Harriet Miers is misplaced. Ms. Miers was never a legal scholar or a law school dean.

Kagan has been endorsed by deans at the Catholic institutions of Georgetown and Marquette, by the way.

"Joseph Kearney, a conservative legal scholar who was a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and now serves as dean of the Marquette University Law School, praised Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday, saying she is "a very fine lawyer" who appears to be in the "mainstream of American legal thought."

jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/96441214.html

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More of the same. One dean praising another.

What court experience does she have? She was a practicing lawyer for 3 years, and has spent the bulk of her time in academia, as a clerk, or WH counsel.

The comparison to Miers is valid because they both smack of highly partisan politics (cronyism), that this admin pledged to "change".

As someone who works in the legal profession, a "fine lawyer" does not always equal "fine judge". Kagan is 0 for 1 in her legal opine vs. SCOTUS, as the Solomon Amendment was unanimously upheld in Rumsfeld v. FAIR.

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:4, topic:202069"]

I'm sure that Catholics can endorse a variety of public officials seeking office without resorting to this particular litmus test.

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Abortion is a "litmust test" that we are, in conscience, obliged to observe. You know that.

[quote="scipio337, post:11, topic:202069"]

What court experience does she have? She was a practicing lawyer for 3 years, and has spent the bulk of her time in academia, as a clerk, or WH counsel.

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Kinda like Rhenquist, huh? He was chief judge and the first time he presided at a trial, the defendant was Bill Clinton!

[quote="scipio337, post:11, topic:202069"]
The comparison to Miers is valid because they both smack of highly partisan politics (cronyism), that this admin pledged to "change".

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I disagree. Miers was cheek by jowl to Bush while Kagan has independent qualifications. The nominee was never highly involved in politics, but scholarship.

[quote="gilliam, post:7, topic:202069"]
I still don't see any show stopper here for the Senate. She will be confirmed by a pretty large majority.

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Agreed.

She is qualified.

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:10, topic:202069"]
The comparison to Harriet Miers is misplaced. Ms. Miers was never a legal scholar or a law school dean.

Kagan has been endorsed by deans at the Catholic institutions of Georgetown and Marquette, by the way.

"Joseph Kearney, a conservative legal scholar who was a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and now serves as dean of the Marquette University Law School, praised Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday, saying she is "a very fine lawyer" who appears to be in the "mainstream of American legal thought."

jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/96441214.html

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Both Mr. Obama and Kagan are inexperienced and are being set up to be failures.

[quote="jjdrury81, post:14, topic:202069"]
Agreed.

She is qualified.

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It's not even worth discussing. She'll be confirmed. Period.

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:13, topic:202069"]
Kinda like Rhenquist, huh? He was chief judge and the first time he presided at a trial, the defendant was Bill Clinton!

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Ummm....so? At least Rhenquist actually worked in real life as a lawyer in a private law firm. Where has Kagan practiced law?

Even Rhenquist admits that private practice is vital (source):

There are different routes to becoming a district or circuit judge. Promotion through the ranks is one. District Court judges are appointed to the Courts of Appeals, magistrate judges and bankruptcy judges are appointed to the district courts. State court judges are appointed to federal courts. The salary factor is not a disincentive, because almost all of these judges earn less than district judges. But we do not want this route to be the only path to Article III judgeships. Promotion of people who are already on a public payroll should not be the only source of federal judges. *** The federal judiciary in the past has been able to attract experienced and able lawyers who have had extended and successful experience in the private sector. Their experience in that sector brings a perspective and an independence which is vital to the judiciary.*** But it is these potential candidates who are deterred by the current level of compensation. We cannot hope to come close to the amount they earn in private practice, but the appeal of public service makes up a good deal of the difference. But that appeal will not be enough at the present level of compensation.

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:13, topic:202069"]
I disagree. Miers was cheek by jowl to Bush while Kagan has independent qualifications. The nominee was never highly involved in politics, but scholarship.

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Right. Being a dean at Harvard. That's waaaaaaay more experience than actually practicing law.

[quote="Ridgerunner, post:12, topic:202069"]
Abortion is a "litmust test" that we are, in conscience, obliged to observe. You know that.

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It is sad that many Catholics don't seem to understand this.

[quote="Suudy, post:17, topic:202069"]
Right. Being a dean at Harvard. That's waaaaaaay more experience than actually practicing law.

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Do you think that she won't be confirmed?

[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:13, topic:202069"]
Kinda like Rhenquist, huh? He was chief judge and the first time he presided at a trial, the defendant was Bill Clinton!

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Rhenquist was over four decades ago. What has the current trend been.

The same Bill Clinton that Kagan served as WH Counsel (the same position Miers held for Boosh) for?

I'm not quite sure how serving as WH Counsel under one administration, and then Solicit General for another (oddly enough, for the same party!) makes one "independent". One doesn't serve as either without being "highly involved in politics". She also served as Duputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. In these positions, she advised President Clinton on the political fallout on supporting certain issues.

msnbc.msn.com/id/37074480/ns/politics-supreme_court/

No involvement in politics there though!

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